A friend of mine has 4 horses, all of them senior (17-25 yrs). A few of them tend to drop a fair bit of weight in the winter, but gain it back in the spring/summer. She started feeding beet pulp last year and had positive results, but they still dropped a bit. I don't know the amount/quality of hay that she feeds, but they are also on a senior feed.
She was talking to a horseman last year who said that he feeds bread to his hard keepers (in addition to regular feed) in the winter. He goes to bakeries/supermarkets and gets the 'old' bread cheap or free. So the horse gets ? Maybe 1 to 5 loaves a day?
Has anyone ever heard of or done this? Results, pros/ cons? Is it ok to do this?
Let's assume that the bread may be stale, but Not mouldy.