Ok well I guess the reason I'm asking is because there is this thoroughbred out there. I was told by the owner of the horse that he used to be a race horse (that's called a OTTB correct??) anyway, she said he was used to getting alfalfa hay and she cannot afford it but that he is losing weight and she should get him some. But she hasn't. I was going to ride him the other day but he is SO skinny, you can actually see his ribs! I was going to offer to buy some alfalfa hay for him because I can't stand to see him like that and I know someone leases him and she uses him for lessons! He is a picky eater anyway, she's said and I have seen him pick at his grain. I think he gets 3 scoops twice a day and I watched him eat the other day and he just eats slow and sloppy. I know I shouldn't pay for someone else's horse food...but I can't just stand by and watch this horse starve! I wish I knew who she bought him from because I would let them know what condition he is in.
So I called around today to check on prices of alfalfa hay and not too many places sell it, but one place near me does for about $18 a bale. I go out to the barn once or twice a week so I could technically bring out one bale a week for him. I also don't know how much a horse like this would require in hay per week...but something is better than nothing. I ride for free in exchange for working with her halflinger that needs work, I can ride any horse I choose. I would really like to ride this TB because he was used as hunter jumper and all her other horses are either small or western...but I can't see riding him when he is skin and bones!