krys wrote:See I've heard that beet pulp does make them hot...I've never tried it though. KT I have the same problem as you...my mare isn't under weight, but I ride her pretty much every day, not hard though, just for a quick jog, (coming 4 yr old as well) and I need to fatten her up. I have been looking into this all for a couple months now. What I"m trying now is half a cup of grain morning and night mixed with half scoop of flax and then your vitamin (Professional One) and with some apple sider vinegar. It takes them a couple feedings to stop turnign there nose up at the apple cider, but they soon lick it up and I have found my mare is eating way more now, (hay I mean). Before I'd give her a couple flakes of hay and she wouldn't finish it, now I give her 3 and she licks it all up. Just somehting to keep in mind. And it's not hot!! There is Omolene 200 as well, I've heard it's good, but I haven't tried it. Satin finish I heard does help as well, but it gets to be extremely expensive.
Keep an eye on her with the Performance One as I was told never to feed it to a mare, as they can have a reaction to it. And the Omolene 200 is for giving more energy not weight.
If you are only feeding one horse you could try the Request by Purina. It is expensive if you are feeding more than one horse with it. I was having the same trouble as you guys with my futurity horse. I went to my vet and talked to him about nutrition. We decided against the beet pulp as it has alot of fiber so you horse will be pooping out everything you are putting in him. We have settled on the Request, Apple Cider Vinegar, Oil, and I feed Smooth Run Pro for a vitamin supplement. I have had him on it for 2 weeks and have not had any trouble with him being hot (or bucking me off, knock on wood
) and he has started to pick up weight and looks really shiny. I only have to feed him 1 3/4 cup of the Request once a day, I feed it at night, so one bag will last me a long time.
Also something to think about is when
you are feeding your horse. If you want to feed grain, feed it at night and then they burn the energy it gives them overnight, not when you are trying to ride them. If you are feeding them in the morning they have all that energy to burn while you are trying to teach them something. It is like feeding a chocolate bar to a kid then sending them to school....