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Reply To: Rescue horse weight gain

Noxx Noxx
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Just to be clear, he gets

Breakfast
1 cup beetpulp (soaked)
4 quarts 15% feed
1 cup Corn Oil
1/2 cup Molassas
1/2 cup Red Cell

Dinner
1 cup beetpulp (soaked)
4 quarts 15% feed
1 cup Corn Oil
1/2 cup Molassas
1/2 cup Red Cell

So 8 quarts grain total a day correct? Well I’d start by looking at the fat content of the grain. Usually regular pelleted (or sweet) grain only has a 4%-8% fat content. You may have to change his grain specifically to something with more ricebran, flaxseed, soybean, beetpulp, etc in it. I personally use Purina Ultium (a 13% fat content, 19% fiber, and 12% protein) for my hard keeper OTTB and have found amazing results at 8 quarts a day.

Beetpulp and Red Cell are fabulous! Corn oil is cheap, but you’d probably have better success with weight using rice bran oil, DAC oil, or cocosoya oil. Why the molasses? I would personally cut that out. It’s just additional sugar and flavoring. The oil should be enough to make his medicines stick to the grain.

According to this source Bermuda grass hay is about equal (a little less) than Timothy or Orchard grass hay. I also take a quote from TEXAS VET NEWS By Dr. Bob Judd, DVM and the Texas Farm Bureau “A recent study was performed at Texas A&M to determine if there was a difference in gastric ulcers in horses fed alfalfa hay versus horses fed Bermuda grass hay. The study involved 24 quarter horse yearlings that were fed alfalfa and a grain concentrate for 28 days and later were fed coastal Bermuda and the same grain concentrate for another 28 days. Horses were housed in dry lots and were exercised 3 days per week. Results indicated that horses fed alfalfa had significantly less stomach ulcers than horses fed coastal hay.” That was written in 2009. Alfalfa should help his ulcers, and put weight on him! Though that’s not always realistic depending on your area. Alfalfa Cubes are your 2nd best bet.

Good luck with your OTTB :)

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