Transitioning the Off-the-track Thoroughbred to a New Career
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.
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