Sky is my 17hh Dutch Warmblood American Paint mix around 1400lbs (I also need to retake his weight because it's been awhile.) So after much research and guidance from FeedXL, I have devised a pretty good diet.
His diet right now consists of a can of grain in the morning (I WILL start weighing it!), before his 2 flakes of mix (in pasture, so it's not always accurate unfortunately) and a can of grain at night, with another 2 flakes of hay.
Now, he will be working up to 4 lbs of grain in the morning (probably a pound increase from what he is getting,) with 5 grams of loose trace minerals (started that a few days ago and he seems to be doing fine) with with his 2 flakes of mix and 8lbs of grass hay (around 2-3 flakes) with an ounce of Equine generator and 1 ounce of Di-Methionine powder (he is allergic to most hoof crack remedies and this proves to work) and then for the afternoon, 4 lbs of grain with 5grams of loose trace minerals, 8lbs of grass hay, then his 2 flakes of mixed.
To clarify, his grain is Nutrena Safe Choice.. which he loves. The goal is to GAIN weight, and to maintain healthy weight. The Equine Generator: http://www.bio-vet.com/2008%20Tech%2...ch10142009.pdf
was recommended and I'm going to try it first to make sure he isn't allergic.. that would be tragic :/
Oh and at times he gets sliced apples and carrots along with Peppermint MannaPro Bite-Size Nuggets as a treat, or to add texture. I do not add a lot of the little peppermint nuggets. They are so small and hard, it makes me paranoid that he will choke on them if they are with his grain.....
Does this sound reasonable? I just want to make sure all of his bases are covered. He DOES have access to clean water but I have to take him out of his pasture lot to graze him since there are so many horses it turned into a muddy mess...
And also to add, I do not compete. I merely use him for pleasure riding and trails and I ride him about an hour or so every other day.. but he is such a hard keeper and it is VERY hard to keep weight on him. A fun tidbit.. we are learning to canter :P