Cat, I feed him Safe Choice everyday about 2 1/2 big coffee cans and 1/2 can of sweet feed. I split it up into 2 different feedings. He has grass and Bermuda hay at all time. I have been thinking about adding some alphafa pellets to his feed and see if that helps. Our feed store was out the other day so I didn't get to get any. How much would you recommend feeding a horse his size? Thanks
I was always told to avoid sweetfeed for pleasure horses because it is formulated for preformance horses and is very high in starch and sugars. It can and will make them hot. If they don't have the proper turn out to run it off. Like if he's stalled alot. Sweetfeed is like candy for horses.
I've used sweetfeed for our horses and have never had good experiences with it. It always made our animals extremely hot when exercised. Once we cut it off and switched to pelleted grain, after about a month of switching we noticed a difference in their attitudes.
As for how much weight he should gain. It's hard to tell with gaiteds, as there are quite a few gaiteds that are very stocky and there are some that are slender of build too. He does look like he needs alittle bit more weight though. Your doing a good job :)
I would keep the safe choice, but remove the sweet feed and replace that with alfalfa pellets. Then see how he does. If it looks like he needs a bit more, then slowly increase the alfalfa until you see some positive results. Since the alfalfa is a forage and not a concentrated feed, you can increase it quite a bit and not have problems.
Hard to say, Judging by the front shot he's 100 pounds underweight and if he is a Missouri Fox Trotter then obviously he wont look very bulky being as underweight as he appears. He looks like a thin Fox Trotter to me but I'm not big on gaited breeds so could be wrong :)
Also 16.5hh is 17.1 (A hand is four inches)