Sit back and hang on, I have a ton of questions. Blaze's weight and health are my #1 obsession right now.
First off, I've had him on his ration balancer (Purina Enrich 32) for about a month now (the first week+ transitioning him off of his sweet feed). As some remarked in my pictures, he could stand to gain some weight, especially since winter/snow here is fast approaching. I check him every day, and I think his ribs still feel to close to the surface, if you will, and I can still see them if I stare hard enough. Basically, I'm unsatisfied with his weight where it is.
Because of my schedule, I decided to start him on a Weight Builder supplement versus something like beet pulp, because I don't have time to soak it long enough before heading to the barn. I've had him on this: Weight Builder - Horse Supplement - American Livestock Supply
for about 2 weeks now. I feed him 2 scoops (4 ounces) a day, which is what they reccomend for weight gain. I read last night on the bucket that up to 8 oz can be fed without adverse affects, so I gave him another 1 oz. I haven't seen any real results in the 2 weeks-am I expecting too much to see gain that soon? Maybe the supplement just sucks?
I've been doing a lot of research online today, and much of what I've found says that soaking beet pulp, as an absolute necessity, is a myth. What I've read reccomends buying shredded beet pulp and maybe wetting it down a bit, and just knowing beforehand if your horse is the type to bolt food or not. If I go this route and feed dry, is it ok to soak it on days I have time, like the weekends?
HELP! I want my guy to be all fat and jolly (but not hot) this winter. I work with him at least 4 times a week, at leasy 30 min-1 hr each time. I think I mentioned this elsewhere, but he's got free access to hay (they feed round bales), there's now a salt lick in there (I tried adding that apple salt/electrolyte stuff to his feed for his salt needs but he hated it)...