Brrrrr. Fire's out, coffee's cold. Husband's gone diving, so the bed is also freezing. Can I coax the dogs up? I don't know. Brrrrrr.
Our local tack shop hosted a feed analysis evening with Triple Crown and another company. We all brought in hay samples, and my two samples did not fare so well. My grass hay came in at 5% protein, which they said was on the low side, and the other sample from a neighbor's never fertilized fields came in at about 3% and was judged to be pretty much unfit for feeding horses.
The Triple Crown man was not crazy about the hay I am currently feeding, but with the addition of 5# alfalfa cubes daily, he said it was fine. (Ahab eats about 17# of the grass hay a day). From there I feed a 20% grain free feed (4 cups over 14 feedings), and add enough oil sources (flax seed, BOSS, and oil) to ensure that 30% of his calories come from fat, and toss in a vitamin E/selenium supplement and a hoof supplement (Source HF). And carrots now and then.
I am working on making a slow feed hay system, but haven't gotten there yet.