Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
This reminds me of my last OTTB. He went so crazy, he crashed chest first into the wall. Made me laugh so hard, he stopped dead in his tracks, went over to me, pushed his head against my chest and apologized.
It took about 6 months of free choice hay and ignoring his antics, until he was over it. I suspect he had ulcers and also hindgut ulcers from life on the track.
I don't know what your hay situation is, but I'd give his hay in a slowfeeder, making sure he never runs out. Next measure would be soaked grass- or alfalfa pellets, with a minimal amount of anything sweet or grain. It will not be as tempting and he might not react as strongly. You can mix all kinds of high calorie stuff in there, as long as it's not sweet, if needed.
He is on free choice grass hay. He is currently up in the stall 24/7 due to being sick, and I have gotten him a slow feeder hay net. I think I need to get one with smaller holes however, so I will be looking into that tomorrow.He got really irriated with the hay net today and just attacked the bag itself. He's a pistol about his food
He does have hay in front of him 24/7 and I also have him on a treating regimen for ulcers. His coat was pretty poor, he was thin and he was off the track with little/no turnout time even at his previous owner's barn. So my vet told me to go ahead because chances are he had them.
I have switched him from the generic sweet feed they had him on, to Ultium that I was feeding Drifter. For the first week he wouldnt touch Ultium and would just eat around it, now he goes crazy so I guess he has decided he likes it ha. Should I replace the ultium with just some alfalfa pellets? Now forgive me if this a dumb question- but high calorie that isnt sweet, would that be like cool calories and rice bran oil and stuff like that?
Thanks for the ideas desert. I love him, and he is so good about everything else. But God help me one of us is going to end up killing the other during feeding time if we dont work this out.
Edit to Add- I dont know if less tempting will work for him. He is insane pig. He even freaks out when I have to give him his antibiotics. I literally put ONE drop of syrup in there to make it easier, but I know theres no way it covers up the taste of the meds. He moves his lips out for the syringe though like "please, I want more". ANYTHING that he thinks is food he will flip out for. I am used to picky Drifter, so this just blows my mind. I literally think I could put ash in a bucket and hed gobble it up and beg for more :/