Help me design a feed program for the spring/summer!
Hi guys, hopefully someone will respond because I really need the help. So right now my horse is on a round bale and flakes of hay in the evening with a little bit of sweet feed in the evening as well (I know, its bad, which is why I REALLY want to change it to help him).
Since I'm strongly considering leasing my horse to a therapy program after this summer, I really want to get him on a good, healthy feed program that will benefit him and I can pass along to the therapy barn when I lease him.
Right now he's in little work, maybe ridden once every three weeks (AT MOST) because well, life is crazy.
In the spring/summer he will be ridden more, maybe shown, but with school/work and then just work, I can still only imagine once a week riding, if that. I would imagine most of his riding sessions are an hour-2 hours.
He's a 12 year old paint horse, around approx. 15 hands. Does not need help in the weight department.
Should I not give him any sort of "grain"? Is there such a thing as a "roughage pellet" that would just give him more forage? He's brought in every night with the rest of the horses and I'd like to give him SOMETHING, and when he's leased out he's going to be worked every day, twice a day for 45 minute sessions (i will condition him for this prior to it occurring). So any suggestions? What do I do?
If you can't tell I'm clueless and would LOVE advice. Thanks!