Hi Dr. Dan,
Thank you so much for all your valuable information and dedication to our "kids" oh… I mean Horses health. (smile)
My question is, I have a 7 yr. old T.B. gelding off the race track and I have been trying to put weight on him for the last month or so and have been successful.
I have added a 1/2 of cup of weight check oil to his commercial feed. I have purchased "Just Add Oats" and Red Cal. I am very nervous to switch him over to oats due to the fact that I do not want him any more energetic or "hot".
I have read your articles about the oat myth so I am trusting you; I just don’t know how much whole oats to give him?
Also, I can not feed red cal free choice so what amount of Red Cal do you recommend that I add to his feed? I do realize the recommended amount on the bag but, I do not want to over do it.
How will I know if he is getting to much? You are truly a blessing for the natural horse owners! Thank You in advance!
First, Thanks for the kind words…
He will not be hot from the oats. That is for sure. Totally a myth. As for amount. Just gradually switch from whatever grain you are now giving to the same volume of oats. Then after seeing how he does and acts you can either increase or decrease as needed. It is just more of an art than a science for any type of feed even.
As for how much Red Cal typically 2 oz per day is sufficient bit still offering free choice as well is ideal preventive health wise.
Thanks for asking Maia!