Originally Posted by natisha
If you can move him to a better place then maybe you should if you think you'd both be happier. You've done a good job pulling him through his illness.
I don't fault people for not wanting to ruin their pastures. A good pasture is not cheap to maintain & sometimes it is not wise to turn horses onto them.
Thanks. The last month has been very trying and it definitely shows. Sad thing is that some of the other horses are starting to show symptoms of the same illness and the BO is just leaving them out with the herd instead of removing them. The whole herd will end up sick and I just hope that Phoenix doesn't get it again.
I understand her wanting to keep her pastures nice, I really do. She has a wooded lot she could use that has a little grass at the back of it, plus on days like today and tomorrow, dry and in the 50s she could use the side pasture and still leave 2 to stay nice for the spring/summer. Most of the horses are older and just want to eat, they rarely run when grass is an option.
Originally Posted by mudpie
Instead of upping grain, why not up hay? Increasing the hay (grass, oat, bermuda, etc.) ration should put more weight on him with minimal energy impacts. Grain is something that can be sensitive to change, so adding more isn't the greatest idea I've ever heard. One of the biggest rules of feeding is feed little, often. Increase the poundage of hay per day and spread out his feedings... Giving him free choice of grass hay as well as feeding at least 3 times a day should be very beneficial to his health.
What is his feeding schedule?
She's only upped the grain a little, I wouldn't let her do more since it just makes him jittery. She can't really up his hay, she feeds hay outside so he has to get what he can, he's mid herd so he can bully other horses off the hay but he can also be bullied away from a pile.
He's fed twice a day and I can't see that changing.