I'm pretty sure I feed my gelding enough, but a neighbour of mine who also has horses, commented on how I am not giving him enough.
Luca is a 6 year old Standardbred gelding, good weight. By good weight I mean not being able to see ribs but feel them. He is not really an easy keeper, but he only loses weight if he isn't fed at all. Right now I'm feeding him 4 handfuls of coolfeed extra, which is a mix type of feed for medium work horses. Luca is ridden 4-6 days a week for about half an hour to forty five minutes. Exercise sessions usually consist of walking, trotting, small jumps and at the end a few fun gallops on the big paddock. Luca has access to okay grass (it's the driest season where I live since 40 years ago...that's what everyone tells me.). But we have 6 paddocks that have time to recuperate after being used for a few weeks. Luca also has a mineral lick.
I feed him once a day, in the morning. Is that enough ?? Or should I divide the 4 handfuls into two feeds, or give him more? Luca is in great shape, so I'm not that concerned, it's just that the neighbour told me that a horse his size (he is 16hh) and with this level of exercise should be fed more.....
Thanks in advance,