Originally Posted by Elana
You mentioned she is on sand? If she is on sand AND has had colic issues could be she needs to be cleaned out because she may have sand in her gut.
Alfalfa (hay) cubes are bought by the 50 pound bag. They are really high in feed value so you don't need to feed more than a couple of pounds per day with free choice hay.
You can also add corn oil to her feed (a cup a day) as it adds calories and is very cheap. You will need to supplement it with a supplement high in Vitamin A and E since corn oil can interfere with the absorption of those vitamins.
We are getting her lameness exam in April. After that exam we are going to set a date to check for ulcers and any issues caused by sand. Her basic exam is when she goes in for lameness so she will have her manure checked for worms and sand.
Alfalfa hasn't been in good supply here so I need to look for it. My faith in alfalfa cubes needs to be restored. I've bought several bags that ended up moldy but that's most likely the stores fault. It's been a year or two since I've got alfalfa. Alright, I'll read up on corn oil with horses. I'm making myself a nice list.