I have my 9yr old appy gelding who is slightly underwieght due to his last lovely home!!!! (hope you see saracism) Anyways... I have a round bale out in the pasture and he has a run in as well as a stall with hay nets in the run-in and stall that I am strict on constantly being filled with our small square bales! He isn't emaciated, but I see 4 ribs, his hindquarters are angled and he has a thin wither. I have 2 minis and one is a 19yr old who is FAT! Haha and I have a mini stallion who is pudgy as well, and I want Glyder, the appy, to be pudgy for winter as well because I don't like seeing them thin with winter basically knocking at the door! So my question is what kind of grain should I start him on and how much? I'm thinking he is about 800 - 900lbs and with a constant supply of hay, do I need grain and what kind? I was thinking 16% sweet feed or Pellets. He's VERY laid-back and relaxed so I don't want too much sweet feed to give him too much energy, but a little bit wouldn't hurt because he has to deal with a mini stallion who likes to bit, and kick at Glyder occasionally. So any ideas?
OH! I have a blanket to put on him but I prefer to wait awhile because I was him to get a winter coat of fur first but if he shivers I put it on him but he use to shiver alot but he hasn't shivered at all this week. I've only had him 2wks so I think the hay is working for him so I keep the blanket off. Is this wise?