If your trying to get weight on him try Cool Calories and/or pure corn oil.
I had a mare that I'd taken in and she was pretty skinny. So I started out with a 1/4 cup of corn oil for pure calorie intake once a day. I gradually upped the dose to 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup then to a whole cup of oil (to keep away the runs). The grain I gave here was whole oats and/or barley. Sometimes I'd get them crimped.
I read about Cool Calories. It'll add caloric intake without having them bounce off the walls. But trust me when I say it doesn't taste the way it smells. ;)
To me, it smells like Kool-Aid, but it is just bland as the day it long. LOL
There was something else I also tried, but it was more expensive and you had to feed WAY more than the Cool Calories.
Also not a fan of Safechoice. I have seen horses get thin on loads of it. ditto TC sr.
Also, a half lb of alfalfa is next to nothing. There is only about 800 to 1K calories max in a full lb of alfalfa.
I feed it in 5 lb increments ( 5 lbs is approx what one flake of good alfalfa hay weights) or around 4 to 5K calories. I start with 5 lb a day (split in two) and adjust from there. I also feed it about an hour after or before a grain feeding so as to not overfill the stomach and just push everything through too quickly. Alfalfa is a forage even tho it can be a cube or a pellet. I limit a concentrated feed to about 3 or 4 lbs at once time.
Interesting that you mention the TC sr. Bought a bag, after everybody said only good things.....keep finding rolled corn kernels, cornstalks, whole oats, and it's so sticky and sweet that I have a really hard time believing the 11% NSC......
My guy seems to be doing great off the safechoice. Idont plan to keep him on it forever. Probably just until he's up to a good weight and then switch off in the spring to something else. I did find a corn kernel in there once, however.
My other mare is on Trotter which I'm hoping to maybe switch him to in the spring. It's only got 3% fat in it but he seems to be an easy keeper once the weights on. But we will see I suppose. Posted via Mobile Device
TC Sr is amazing at putting weight on a horse. Sweet type feed or not, it is not grain based. IME their formulation is highly superior to anything we have around here locally. Their vitamin and mineral profile is vastly better and I love that every feed they make that I can think of contains a probiotic and biotin. I can percentage out the feeds with the 30% and wean off them still getting the full amount of nutrients. My goal when feeding it is to wean the horse off of it as they get up to weight and feed only the 30% RB and some alfalfa if extra calories are needed. But there is no doubt, it will help a horse gain weight right quick.
I dont personally sweat the odd grain in there tho. I havent ever found anything that would be a deal breaker for me. and the one time I had an issue (that turned out to be nothing and I was able to feed it anyway), I was immediately send a coupon for a couple free bags. Their customer service is amazing.