Ok I guess ill start by giving my geldings current diet an condition:
Grain- 12% pellets
Supplements- Weight builder (high fat supplement) NuImage (Hoof/coat supplement)
Hay- Extremely high quality coastal
Pasture- Winter: there is a bit of grass to nibble Summer: Its all he gets...lots of good green grass...he gets fat lol
And currently his winter condition is that he looks pretty good. He is a hard keeper during the winter...but he has a thick winter coat even with a blanket on...he isn't showing any ribs or an isn't skinny. He could use a few more pounds though in my opinion...just to help fill out his topline a bit.
The main reason im thinking about changing his diet around is I've herad all this negative stuff about grain an the like....plus I've heard alot of good things about strictly high fiber diets...like they actually help keep weight better the grain diets. I don't have the money to switch hay an such...plus I like my boy on coastal we don't have very good alfalfa in the area...but I can't switch him off the grain and onto something better...
So here is my idea for a new diet:
Grain replacement- Mix of beat pulp an alfalfa based pellets
Supplements- I don't want to change these...the extra fat an such is all good for a competitive trail horse...and trail horses in general...or so I read on the AERC site. I do want to add applecider vinegar in the summer since its suppose to help with flys an make the coat shinny an such....
He is a young horse...only seven...the main reason im thinking of changing him off grain is I've heard so many negative things lately about it...plus I've heard so many positives about the high fiber diets....
Opinions would be greatly appreciated...plus any suggestions...
Also..im aware that ill have to transition him to his new feed so no worries lol