Introducing a new six-part article series from Kentucky Performance Products to help horse owners prepare for the various challenges of transitioning an off-track Thoroughbred!
Transitioning an off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) to a new career can result in a host of nutritional challenges. Trying to determine which supplements will best suit your OTTB may be confusing. We’ve developed a helpful infographic and 6-part blog series that outlines the many challenges.
First, you will need to determine what your new OTTB’s job will be and what kind of condition he or she is currently in. An easy way to determine body condition is to utilize this simple scoring system. Once you determine what your horse’s job will be and establish a target condition score, you can begin to develop a plan to transition your horse to a new career and feeding program. Most off-the-track Thoroughbreds benefit from some downtime to adjust both mentally and physically to their new life. During this adjustment period it is most important to meet the horse’s basic energy and nutrient needs while slowly switching to new feedstuffs. Try to avoid excessive weight loss by providing lots of good quality fiber and enough concentrate to maintain his or her current weight. This is an excellent time to do research on the supplements your off-the-track Thoroughbred will need when he starts this new career.
Check back next week for more information on solutions to challenges with digestive tract health.
Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2016 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC. All rights reserved.
Article sponsored by Micro-Phase, which provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form.
When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.
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