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post #11 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ribs and hips are showing still- racing skinny. I don't expect her to bulk up like and irish sport horse, but she needs weight and we would like to do it before winter. My other TB doesn't keep much weight either...
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post #12 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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This is what she looks like
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post #13 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 05:25 PM
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She is very pretty and has a nice shiny coat! I agree I would like to see some more weight on her. Everyone who's had an OTTB can all relate to the difficulty of keeping weight on them. Good luck with her!!
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Another pic- I know she CAN be good, but we've kind of hit a wall recently. And I know I need to put my heels down :p
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post #15 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 06:39 PM
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What kind of hay is she getting? We have 5 OTTBs in work right now, and they tend to be a bit more difficult when on alfalfa or bermuda, so we use a 2/3 timothy 1/3 alfalfa ratio of hay and give them all day access to it. Also for weight gain, have you tried corn oil? We add it to all of our OTTB's diets and they do well on it.

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I`ve have had two OTTBs in my life so far -- loved them both. They key to our mutual happiness was full time pasture and minimal oats. When I needed to put weight on one of them, I used soaked beet pulp and vegetable oil (sometimes canola, sometimes corn) but still kept the oats to a minimum.

I think the other posters have offered some good insights and suggestions so no need for me to add the same. She`s a smart looking mare -- good luck with her.
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post #17 of 36 Old 08-17-2012, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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She is getting a Timothy mix, but I don't know what it's mixed with. I didn;t know that corn oil was for weight- maybe we'll try that :) And the reason our vet suggested Senior feed was because it had beet pulp, and it was easier to feed than soaking it. We called our vet and she said that the grain we were giving Sunny was fairly low in sugar. The vet thought maybe she was coming into heat??
This is the first mare I've owned and I haven't even had her for a month so this could possibly be the issue
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post #18 of 36 Old 08-18-2012, 12:48 AM
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I'd still try to cut out the grain. Low sugar or not. It's like drinking a diet soda that still has caffeine. Also I agree with getting her out as much as possible. If you can't ride that day then lunge her for sure. This will also help teach her you are in charge. She is a very pretty girl. Good luck. With mares, IMO, it's all about sticking with it and reminding them (a lot sometimes) that you are the new head mare.
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post #19 of 36 Old 08-18-2012, 08:56 AM
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She is being fed enough grain to keep her as a fit racehorse yet you expect her to behave as she was the first week she was with you!

Being enclosed all the time, fed to much and you wonder why she is acting like a lunatic?

You can cut back on her grain, plenty of good quality hay and about 4 lb of low energy pellets + a cup of corn oil and she will gain weight.

Preferably she needs to worked from grass so her excess energy can be expended in the field not when you ride her.

It is no wonder she is stir crazy and whoever is in charge of her feed regime would get a boot up the jacksy from me for being so ignorant of the rules of feeding a horse - one of which is 'Feed according to work, weight and temperament'

Feed her like a racehorse and she will act like one.
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post #20 of 36 Old 08-18-2012, 09:10 AM
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You are trying to get weight on her too quickly. See about putting the hay in a small mesh hay net. The same amount of hay will last much longer and the nibbling improves digestion. Many people have found their horses get too fat and have had to cut back a little. The nets are cheap, about $10.
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