Originally Posted by cheethamz17
he doesn't get hay. He is on about 40 acres plus of pasture.
Horses need hay. That will bring the weight back up and help him keep it. We had a skinny Appendix at the stables that was skin and bones when I started boarding there. He did not get any grain because he'd choke...even when it was mush. All he got was hay and he did almost a complete turn around by the time the owner left. He looked great besides for the fact that he needed muscles. Most horses can survive on hay...hay should be fed 24/7 especially if they are outside in the pasture. It will keep them warm on cold nights (with them digesting it). Yes it's expensive to offer free choice, but it's healthier for the horse (as long as it's good quality hay and not icky stuff).
Hay will get the weight on and keep it on...I have never seen grain keep the weeight on (yes it will bring it up, but it's lost easy).
So my suggestion is free choice hay all the time. If it gets really cold out, but a blanket on him. To keep warm horses have to burn energy, fat, and so on or else they get cold. WIth a blanket on it keeps the horse warm so all the work he has to do is eat.