Hi I acquired a thoroughbred off the track,she hurt her knee back in oct 2007.My question is what should she be eating and how much.She is eating smart choice pellets and sweet feed but my concern is that might be too much protein as she appears to act a bit too hot.I am not sure if thats from coming off the track or if that is from the the feed.I am trying to put some weight on her .Hay is always available to her.She is being bred in April if I can get her to let down from the track and put some healthy weight on.
Re: retired 4 year old thoroughbred mare off track
Most retired race horses (more than 95% of them) have ulcers, which could very well explain her hot behavior. It's due to pain and the best way to address this nutritionally is to avoid feeding high starch feeds, which increase stomach acid. So, avoid sweet feeds and those than contain cereal grains such as oats, corn, barley or wheat.
Give her all the grass hay she wants and add some alfalfa to the mix.
To help her gain weight, there are two supplements you should add:
1) Ration Plus - this will boost the health of the bacterial flora living in her hind gut, to not only add more calories from digestion (hence, gain weight) but also to heal the digestive tract.
2) Hard Keeper -- to add omega 3 fatty acids to her diet to reduce inflammation and pain and to add calories to help her gain weight.