As some of you may know, Jennifer Q and I recently traveled down to Kentucky to participate in the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover. Unfortunately it did not turn out as well as I had hoped, prior to the competition, Jen and I had a little accident keeping us from continuing on. After dumping me in warm up, she took a spin around the horse park, fell and slid down the road, causing some serious road rash down her back legs. It was disappointing, but while we cleaned Jen up and realized she would be just fine, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far we had come, and the transformation this horse has made.
When Jennifer Q came to me, she was a mess of skin and bones, with a huge amount of potential. I fell in love instantly and was excited to take her on this journey. However after several months of increasing feed, adjusting grain and hay, treating her for ulcers , having her looked at by the dentist, vet, and anyone else I could get an opinion from she still seemed unhappy and showed no improvement in gaining weight.
Luckily for me, it was then that Barb Goss with Purina showed up at my door. With her help, we developed a feeding plan to help Jen put on the weight. Jen was started off with 6 lbs of Purina Ultium and 1 lb of hay pellets each day, this was gradually increased to 10lb of Ultium a day. In only 3 months Jen gained over 250 lbs, developed a beautiful top line and finally seemed happy! With her new weight and attitude, we were able to move forward in training, and show her up through training level.
Jen and I may not have been able to compete at the Thoroughbred Makeover but because of Purina’s nutrition plan she will stay happy and healthy and we continue with her show career next year. Check out the transformation photos, the transformation is unbelievable!