So I just bought my new TWH, and as far as his personality and his ability on the trail, I am extremely happy with him. However, there are some things that concern me...
Firstly, he is a windsucker, and a possible chewer. Now, since I pasture him year round and there's no stalls for him to eat, this in and of itself doesn't bother me. What does bother me is that I've been told it can both cause or signal underlying health issues. Am I just being a worry wart, or can it cause serious complications if he continues the habit? Our pasture is surrounded by electric fence, but he will go to the entrance, which is a metal gate, and windsuck and bite at it. As long as it's a harmless habit that doesn't effect his health or performance, I really don't mind. But as I have had zero experience with a horse that does this, I could really use some advice.
Secondly, he is about 100 pounds underweight. He is being fed about 3/4 of a bale a day, and one scoop of grain. Assuming no health issues, is this adequate to put weight on him? I can't afford much in the way of fancy specialty feeds, so I'm wondering if there's something inexpensive I can add to his grain.
Also, he is 13 years old, and will be wormed, vaccinated and have his teeth done in the next two weeks.
I feel like a bad horse mom, and could use some reassurance. Thanks.