Some of you may know from my other posts that Noah, my Perch, has been at a new barn for just over two weeks. This is his current feeding schedule: 6 lbs of oats, twice a day, top dress the oats with Purina 12:12 vitamins/minerals which also has salt in it, 5 sleeves of hay at each feeding. He gets out on grass during the day whenever the pastures are dry. I also started him on a joint supplement powder last week for his cracking joints.
I've had Noah for almost 4 weeks. He was ribby and very hippy when he first came home. He put on weight really fast and his ribs are completely covered now, hips are much better. Since he has been on the feeding schedule listed above, his energy is through the roof. He still moves quietly when I'm riding him, but on the ground he is jittery, pulling, plowing into people, and very difficult to keep him standing still whe tied. He is also more likely to be startled by things. While I expect that a lot of this is him getting used to new things and may be a training issue as well, I'm wondering if his feeding program may be increasing his energy level too much. I would have preferred him to be on a senior pelleted feed, but the BO is a big fan of straight oats and wanted to try that first.
Has anyone else fed straight oats to a senior (he's somewhere between 27-30) and / or draft and seen a difference in their energy level compared to a senior feed? I want him to be a healthy as possible, especially considering his age, but I don't want to be feeding him in such a way that it makes him more difficult to handle if its not needed.