pelleted vs textured - for a horse ulcer prone
My ottb has always had issues with his weight. He is a picky eater and always just looks ribby.
He is 17 - cribs and always has nervous issues whether its head shy or spooky. I fig he prob has/had ulcer issues with racing etc.
Right now I am out there everyday since I am self care so I have the option to monitor what he is getting food wise.
He's on a pelleted senior feed from a local mill - I don't have access to a scale and prob should weigh it :( but he gets
4 cups of BP along with 4 qt scoop of the pellets and 1/2lb amplify (30% fat) mixed all together 2x a day. As well as a small feed bucket of alfalfa cubes (about 6cups) at night
Along with 2 flakes hay 2x a day which I am noticing he never really eats all of it.
Usually mornings seems he eats his grain and then anticipates being turned out ignores hay.
Anyways I wanted to see my options and I am in the middle o f talking to the feed mill.
He does have this which I wanted to get opinions on - its not pelleted so is that a better grain for tummy issue horse? I am trying to find out the NSC level for it -they aren't really quick to reply but he did say its a LOW STARCH feed.
Best Performance is a great source of energy for performance horses. Energy is derived from high-fat and high-fiber ingredients such as soybean oil, beet pulp, soy hulls, and alfalfa meal. Best Performance is also appropriate for horses with Cushing’s disease, heaves (COPD), and tying-up syndrome.
Crude Protein (min) 12.00%
Crude Fat (min) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (max) 15.00%
I am thinking I could try this - not have to do the beet pulp and cubes as much since it has all that and just up the feed?
Thoughts on pelleted vs textured?
This is what he's on now which has 22% NSC
Geriatric Horse Pellets are designed specifically to meet the changing needs of older horses.
Crude Protein (min) 14.00%
Crude Fat (min) 6.00%
Crude Fiber (max) 12.00%
Note: I did have him on TripleCrown TLC (almost like the senior) and I had to feed way to much to keep his weight up and with him not a big hay eating I didn't like pumping him with all that grain.