Lately my mom has been pushing for us to switch over to Orchard grass because my aunt feeds it (my mom is NOT the horse-y one in the family)
We use to feed teff hay but about 10 months ago they stopped growing it here because the weather was wrong for it.? I don't know. Anyways, my dad, aunt, and grandpa (the hay buyers in our family) all decided to switch the horses to Bermuda because it is cheaper and the horses seemed to like it.
However, a few months after the switch my 12.2hh pony(24 yo) started dropping weight. Which was weird because our two drafts(5yo & 8yo) didnt lose weight at all. We figured it was due to his old age. Then I decided he dropped too much for that to be the reason so I looked into it and thought he had cushings, he showed all the signs, but his test came back negative.
He is a founder-prone horse, he hasn't foundered before but he has had laminitis a few times and our farrier and vet told us to stay away from alfalfa because that could cause more feet issues. According to our dentist, his teeth were pretty good, he has only lost one and he might have to be moved onto pellets/mush food in two or three years but looks good for his age(he was the one who told us he was 24-26yo instead of 20yo like we were told when we bought him as a 12yo 8 years ago). According to our farrier, since the teff to bermuda switch, his feet have been growing better. According to our vet, its old age and we need to feed more calories. (I don't really like my vet.)
Anyways, its been about two months since I added senior feed + molasses and Kellys hay replacer pellets to his 6 lbs of bermuda twice a day and he has gained some weight but still has barely any topline.
Moral of the post: Will switching him to Orchard help him gain weight back better than keeping him on bermuda?
Thanks! And sorry if its confusing in any way!