Originally Posted by GypsyRose
17HH TB for Sale
I have owned Tbreds in the past and not a one of them was a hard keeper! I think someone should call the SPCA on these folks! OMG! Feed you **** horses!
Sorry ads like this just make me sad, and the fact that they think he is just not an easy keeper!
Not trying to justify this ad or anything, this horse is in terrible condition and I suspect there is more wrong with him than simply lack of groceries. I ride a TBxWB who used to be an AWFUL keeper. She was on really nice pasture during the day, free choice alfalfa grass mix all night, and got ridiculous amounts of grain and beat pulp with corn oil and vitamin/mineral supplements twice a day. I was actually a little concerned about the amount because of her age, and didn't want to cause problems with bone/tendon growth rates due to nutrition imbalance.
I tried to get her on a pelt instead of grain (COB), but tried 3 kinds and gave up as she would take a couple bites, stop, and look at me as if to say "What is this manure?!?" She had her teeth done, and was on a regular worming schedule, and we were considering getting some blood work done, but she was otherwise healthy. She just wouldn't gain FAT. She was bone and muscle. Shiny and bright eyed. This was when she was 5. The next year when the season started she was put on a similar feed schedule, but was eventually weened off most of it until she was just getting a scoop of grain a day. And she looked great!
This winter (she's 7, coming 8) she's actually fat! This most like had to do 100% with the fact that she was still growing (filling out), but it just goes to show that despite efforts, some horses just won't put on weight sometimes.