How much are you working her? What kind of training/schooling are you doing with her?
She has been resting for a month because she is back and body sore. Waiting for bloodwork to come back before I start her again and it will be a lot of long and low walking for a while.How much are you working her? What kind of training/schooling are you doing with her?
So the "resting" and change of work from the track is likely your biggest reason you're seeing muscle loss. It doesn't matter what you feed them (fat, protein, carbs), if there is no work then you're going to have muscle loss. Just like a human athelete loses muscle mass the second they stop training- though it does *not* "turn into fat" as many think, a horse will too- especially one off the track.
I think the down time is an excellent idea, but don't expect her to stay muscled. You will know more when your blood work comes back, there could be a nutritional deficiency that is underlying and that is more important to uncover than trying to find the miracle muscle building diet. What most horses need is a good balanced hay, mineral/salt block, lots of fresh water. Especially for a young horse who is not in training, supplemental protein and what have you will only put on fat or do nothing at all. Concentrated feeds are for performance atheletes, so if that is your goal for her (but with her muscle disease it sounds like it isn't?) then slowly introduce these as her training level increases.
Good luck with your new-ish girl. I have an OTTB as well, they are amazing horses!
Heyy, I was thinking of grow n win plus a fat supplement since it's low starch/carbs...but we will see what Julia says...she's calling me back within an hr with the results. That's a good idea calling the reps...I talked to Kim at-BP w/o molasses (I found it at agway.) BP is just a forage
-Well Solve L/S (expensive)
-Buckeye Ultimate Finish
-Flax Seed (you can buy it in bulk at agway, it was about $33 a bag, I herd you can feed up to 2cups a day w.o issues)
- If you switch to just hay, make sure its really good quality
I would call a Nutrina, Purena and BuckEye rep. see what they suggest.