best diet for thoroughbred in your opinion
Posted 05 February 2010 - 09:08 PM
Posted 05 February 2010 - 09:14 PM
He's already matured, so no growth issues.
A pleasure horse doesn't work more than my horses on pasture.
A good farmer can tell you what his hay tested at for protein and his soil for minerals.
A treat before and after working with the horse because they seem to remember those, it can make them easier to catch, and it makes us feel good giving it to them.
Posted 05 February 2010 - 10:00 PM
forgot to add he is a HARDkeeper
Then I would add what we get here called C.O.B. Corn, oats, and barley. Don't have any on hand so don't have the nutrition info. Sorry. It doesn't have any additives or sweetners.
I've had good luck using it with horses I've bought while thin and with ones who are working hard to keep them in good flesh without either getting hot.
Posted 08 February 2010 - 11:11 PM
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:12 PM
Case in point, this is a "hard-keeper", 11 y/o OTTB who is very herd sour. I stuck her in an iso pen by herself and gave her as much oat hay as she could eat. Even though she paced half the time when the herd left her, she still went from this:
To this in about a month:
She looks even better now, but i don't have those pics downloaded to my computer yet.
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:19 PM
Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:50 PM
I gave him 14% pellet 4 qt am/pm, started him on corn oil( worked in slowly over 2 weeks to 2 C) and I added Barley2qt am/pm and phased out the oats completely. He got a bath and I kept him in stall to eat.
He got a 2hours to eat in the am, if he didn't finish, I brought him in at noon and let eat again in the stall. I left the feed bucket in the pm and kept him inside overnight I turned him out with hay during the day and he had grass grazing all day. At the end of three weeks, he had put on a 200lbs and the owners were astonished and gave me $$ for him care!
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 11:50 PM
In your openion, what would the best diet for a 9 year old thoroughbred gelding be to keep him in good weight but as calm as possible? and why?
I have found that a grain-free diet works best for horses that tend to be "hot". And when I say grain free, I mean 100% grain free. No corn, oats, barley, wheat middlings, grain sweepings, or "grain byproducts" in any form, whole, textured, or pelleted. Also no molasses.
We currently have one TB, one TBxArab, and one TBxPaint at my barn (I own/run it). I feed free choice bermuda hay along with one meal a day of alfalfa pellets, 1/2 cup ground/milled flax, and a vitamin supplement. The TB and the TBxPaint get 3.5 lbs of alfalfa pellets a day (both in moderate work) and the TBxArab gets 2 lbs a day (in light work). They hold their weight beautifully, have great feet/coats, have a good work ethic, and are a lot less "spooky" than before.
I have also found that these horses hold their weight on a LOT less food than before. The TB and TBxPaint were getting free choice hay (not as good as our though) along with two meals a day of 2 scoops of Safechoice (3qt feed scoops) and 1 scoop of a 10% sweet feed. That's 18 quarts of food a DAY! They both hold their weight well now on only 3 qts of food (3.5 lbs of alfalfa pellets) and just 1/2 cup of flax. 18 qts vs. 3 qts, same weight, better health. It's hard to believe, I know, but it's true!
When I lived in San Diego, CA I owned one TB and cared for a couple of others. The barn I boarded at fed primarly Alfalfa hay (I didn't know much about nutrition at the time). All three TBs got two meals a day of Alfalfa (2 flakes each meal), plus lunch of Bermuda (one or two flakes). Their "grain" was a big bucket of beet pulp (one of those big flat back feed buckets, half full of BP after it was soaked), 1 lb of stabilized rice bran, and a vitamin supplement. Looking back, all three were probably a bit more "energetic" than they needed to be, but they didn't get any turnout, unless I turned them out and/or rode them. My boys had very good work ethics (lots of trainability), were sane at shows, and were calm enough to let kids ride them in the round pen. If I was there today, I would probably feed three meals of coastal hay or mountain meadow hay and a meal of alfalfa pellets and/or beet pulp, with flax or rice bran and vitamins.
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:04 AM
Posted 10 February 2010 - 08:02 PM
I was riding colts at the time, so he stood in the pen alot. It was still a struggle to put weight on him (he was 6, so largely past growth issues also). I'd ride him for an hour about twice a week. Occasionally, I'd ride him the eight miles to town and then back. Not a lot of work.
The sugar in corn is what makes horses get hot, just like sugar does to humans. That's the drawback to COB mixes. There are several really good reference books out there on feeding. Of course, mst of the ones I like also just happen to agree with what I said.
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