Finding the correct supplements that keep my Thoroughbred mare at the perfect weight has been one interesting path. We started with a large menagerie of things that, looking back, she really didn’t need. As of right now, she’s getting roughly 1/4 c. of Cool Calories 100, 2 quarts of Nutrena Pro Force Fuel, two scoops of AniMed Ulc-R-Aid, and 2 quarts of soaked Beet Pulp pellets. This is along with two feedings of hay (two alfalfa in the morning and two alfalfa and two grass in the evening) and roughly three days a week of exercise. As show season starts, she also gets 1/2 c. of rice bran, helping with her coat. Now, let’s break down all of this information.
Before Diamond gets her supplements, her grain bucket is blessed with about 2 quarts of one of the most popular feeds out there, Beet Pulp. It has a low sugar content but is very easily digested as it is full of fiber. She also gets about 2 quarts of Nutrena Pro Force Fuel, a high fat, controlled starch feed that targets high-level equine athletes as well as hard keepers. After that, 1/4 cup of Cool Calories 100 and 2 Tbsp. of AniMed Ulc-R-Aid are added in. Assisting in both weight gain and acid production/ulcer regulation, these two products are the only ‘real’ supplements that Diamond gets.
These four grains/supplements are given for three simple reasons: weight gain, energy, and substitution for what hay can’t cover by its self. As a hard keeper, Diamond is given supplements that have a purpose, as they should. Her AniMed Ulc-R-Aid is for ulcers, Cool Cal and Pro Force are for weight stability, and Beet pulp is for adding fiber and calories as hay can’t do that alone. Figuring out what supplements your horse may need is based on one thing, the why factor. Does your horse need for energy? Are they too skinny while just being on hay? Why do they need supplements? What are they preventing or increasing the risk of?
Consulting your vet is always your best bet for supplements. They can give you a professional take on what will help your horse excel in their line of work. You also need to assess your horses’ needs. Think of what you’d be adding in, how you would do it, and (yet again) why you would do it. Yes, supplements require painstaking research and professional advice, but they’re definitely worth it.