Okay, it has been over a year now. And he is still skinny.
Here’s photos from April 2012:
And here’s photos from the last several weeks:
Too many ribs showing for my liking. While he has certainly put on muscle (especially those shoulders!), I would be much happier if a little more flesh covered his middle. In fact, I like my animals a tad plump.
Since moving to Castle Rock in early February, Hemie has been getting AM feedings of 1 flake oat hay + 1 flake alfalfa hay, and PM feedings of 1 flake of either oat hay or alfalfa +1 flake grass hay (his menu card says PM alfalfa, but I’ve seen oat being fed multiple times). Additionally he’s been getting supplemented with beet pulp and rice bran most nights per week.
I’ve decided to make 2 changes to his feed in order to help put on weight:
1) Change hay feedings to be AM & PM: 1 flake oat hay + 1 flake alfalfa hay. He doesn’t really like the grass hay, and its the least caloric. Therefore I’m swapping it for hay he will eat and offers more calories.
2) Add FastTrack Probiotic to his supplemental feed most nights per week.
I used FastTrack many years ago on my very lean American Saddlebred, Bo. He was a hard keeper, and a barn manager bullied me into buying FastTrack from her when I was young. I have to say, good thing she did that because it worked! Within just a few months Bo was putting on weight like never before. So that product is something I’ve been ruminating on for a while.
An unplanned #3 is that we inherited a bag of EQUUS feed from Pixie. Not something I’d have paid money for, but free feed is always welcome! I’ll be adding a dash of that too.