So my guy has been at my barn for a month now, and we can't get weight on him. He's getting about 8-9 quarts of Mana Pro Sweet 10 High Fat w/ beet pulp, weight builder, a flake of alfalfa am and pm, and I keep coastal in his stall at all times for him to eat while he's in there. He's in a paddock most of the day and night, though, and it's all dirt...no grass or hay. He's the only skinny horse in the barn. His butt is continuing to loose fat too. He's 2 months off the track.
I can't add corn oil or wet beet pulp as he won't eat anything wet (he's picky that way). I'm not working him right now as I'm still giving him time to settle in from coming off the track. (he ran his last race march 4). I've considered moving him to a barn w/ grass pasture for him to stay out in, but we may be moving across the state very soon and I don't want to put him through undue stress. If we don't move, then I'll find another barn. If we do, I have one in mind that I'll look at on Friday that seems like a good prospect.
Does anyone have any additional suggestions? I've researched an ulcer but his only "symptom" is lack of weight gain. Can anyone help? My BO's only advice is to start working him. She has a lot of experience w/ OTTBs and has known quite a few that just won't keep weight on unless they're being worked. I'm at my witts end. a month of breaking the bank of feed and no weight gain to show for it. *sigh*