Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
My feeding plan (unless there is a medical reason otherwise)- grass hay. Enough so that they either just clean up or have a little left between feedings. I add strategy and a little oil to that for my guy because he works 10 hours a week or so and is in need of some weight gain. Once he's up to weight, it'll just be hay and enough bagged feed or a ration balancer to hit the nutrients the hay might be missing while maintaining his weight. Feeding a horse doesn't have to be rocket science.
FWIW, over the past 6 weeks or so my boy really has eased up on the hay consumption. At first he inhaled it like it was going out of style. He would not leave the pile while a stem was left, let alone grind any into the shavings. Now he'll eat, go stand by the water, eat, play bitey-face with the gelding next door, eat, check out what I'm doing, and might even have a little hay left over at the next feeding, which is consistent with what others have said about an 'adjustment period' when you move them to a more constant access schedule.