Reply To: Hard Keeper OTTB

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I am not sure what area of the country you are in and what feeds may or may not be available to you. but what we feed to all of our OTTB’s here at our rescue is a mix of Nutrena Feeds and Purina feeds both make excellent Senior and performance feed blends that mesh well and when mixed create a wonderful fat filled complete feed that is made to be feed with or without grass hay for those horse who can not chew them well or are in areas where the forage may be of poor quality. we have several here that are in there 30’s that we still ride and are fat and healthy….. they get this mix split in a 2 to 3 gal per day feed ration…. keep in mind the more times per day a horse can be fed parts of their ration the better they benefit from it. I know you said you board your horse, but is it possible to maybe run by on a lunch break and give him some of his ration or to have a family member or a friend that would be willing to do it for you? Nature built horses to be grazers… to eat small meals all day long and then man comes along and locks them up in stalls or small dry lots/paddocks and rations their feed. In my 25 years of experience working with older or neglected horses it has been the added feedings of a quality feed that have helped to put weight on the safest and fastest. the reason I use Nutena and Purina is these companies have been around for a long time and have billion dollar research facilities they have done all of guess work for me they have tested and measured and the tested again to make sure the feeds they market are the best quality and the safest for horses as they can be… I have not found adding beet pulp to the horses ration to be very helpful…. with Purina it is their Amplify pellet and with Nutrena it is their measured ingredients that seem to help or horses best. equal parts: Nutrena’s Safe choice Preform (purple bag), Purina’s healthy Edge Active Senior horse (white bag with blue writing). in addition to regular de-wormings and dental care. you would never guess these horses (in the photos) are in their mid. 30’s