10-11-2009, 03:15 PM
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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 :)