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post #1 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Feeding

My 4 year old OTTB is like any Thoroughbred and is a hard keeper. I purchased him this past May and since then has been trying to get his weight up. We have been using Purina Ultium with great success. Eddie has been putting on weight, slowly, but its working well for us.

Ok to my question. My BO just texted all of us to start thinking about winter feeding, and directly asked us with hard keepers to be thinking of adding either oils or rice bran to their food as well as upping their current feed amount. This past week, I was made aware that Purina sells Amplify which is the tiny nuggets in Ultium that makes it so sucessful with putting on weight. I've thought about potentially instead of rice bran (which I've used on other horses) or oils. However, I cannot find too much on the internet which one works better. My question is: Which would you use Amplify, rice bran or oils and why?
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-04-2012, 01:20 PM
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Personally I would add Beet Pulp.... i have 2 hard keepers and that what I always add to their diet in the winter and it works great for me
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Eddie does not like beet pulp. He thinks its really nasty and I have a few funny pictures of him expressing his dislike for it.
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My old mare used to hate it BIG time ... that was until her old pasture mate was getting it and she thought that she was missing out LOL
Sorry but i really dont have any info on Amplify....
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My 4 year old OTTB is like any Thoroughbred and is a hard keeper.
My TB apparently didn't get the memo that he's supposed to be a hard keeper.

Rice bran, flax seed, Calf Manna, or TC Senior can all be used to help keep weight on a hard keeper. Oils are starting to be contraindicated, and people are moving away from using them.

Don't forget to up his hay accordingly, since burning calories to stay warm is what causes them to lose weight in the winter.

I feed my 3 horses Blue Seal Trotter and add shredded beet bulp in the winter, plus give them extra hay. All 3 of them, including the 26 y/o Arabian, stay at a good weight all year round.

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I up their hay, and I feed Equine Sr to my performance horses year round. The harder keepers get more Sr. and Rice bran through the winter and they stay nice and fat.

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My TB apparently didn't get the memo that he's supposed to be a hard keeper.
Nah... he just traded memos with my Morgan who could eat his way through a feed room and lose 10lbs whereas apparently every other Morgan on the face of the planet are the easiest keepers ever.

I like shredded beet pulp and actually feed it all year long. I found that the "picky" eaters will eat the beet pulp if I soak their grain along with it. Flavors the beet pulp like their grain I suppose.

I also add some Alfalfa to his diet. Right now he's eating 3qts of soaked beet pulp, 1qt of Strategy Healthy Edge, a bale or so of grass hay and 1 flake of Alfalfa daily along with a vitamin/mineral/pro-biotic, a joint supp. and whatever grass in turnout.

I am washing his blankets right now, we're doing the 80 degrees today, 20 degrees tomorrow weather which is the hardest on the horses. Once the temp drops and stays there, they adapt and really don't need blankets. They just can't handle the ups and downs without shivering a ton and dropping weight quickly. The easy keepers get more hay and that balances them out, those who can't eat any more than we regularly stuff down them need the blankets.
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I like Empower Boost for adding/maintaining weight.
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My first choice is free-choice hay, that alone can do wonders, even for hard keepers. From there, I agree with SR.
Just switching to round bales and having hay in front of her face 24/7 has done wonders for our TB. This past winter was our first using them and she didn't lose any condition at all which was a HUGE improvement over the previous winters - this summer she actually got to the point that she was almost chubby just with the constant supply of hay.
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I also add some Alfalfa to his diet. Right now he's eating 3qts of soaked beet pulp, 1qt of Strategy Healthy Edge, a bale or so of grass hay and 1 flake of Alfalfa daily along with a vitamin/mineral/pro-biotic, a joint supp. and whatever grass in turnout.
Is this per day or per feeding, Delfi? That's a lot of food for a Morgan!

JJ gets 2 quarts of Trotter per feeding (twice a day), and will go through half a bale of hay in a day. The Arabs get 1 quart of Trotter per feeding, and eat a quarter bale of hay each. That's summer/fall feeding, though.

Once winter hits, JJ will get 2 quarts of Trotter and 1 quart of shredded beet pulp twice a day, along with all the hay he'll eat. The Arabs will have 1 quart of beet pulp added to their quart of Trotter, as well as getting all the hay they want.

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