So, he's getting fatter, we moved him up to three flakes in the AM and the normal two at night since he's on night turn out, and he is getting a little bit fatter (you can see it when looking directly in front of/in back of him, but not staring side on at his left or right sides). His left side is still fat, and his right side is still skinny though; 3 ribs and 5 ribs seen respectively.
Problem 1: My BO wants to take him back down to 4 flakes again because he's gained some weight. Logically, this makes no sense, but I don't argue with things like that. I just told her I wanted to give him a few more weeks and see. I have seen some minor improvements in stall behavior, he doesn't pin his ears when you look at him anymore, but he still won't let me in his stall. The cribbing is also pretty much the same.....he eats consistently for about the first 5-10 minutes on his hay, and then he goes back to cribbing with each bite.
Problem 2: My "hours" are getting cut back to probably just Saturdays. While this means that I can potentially have a full time job, until I find that full time job, where am I getting the money to pay for the extra hay (an extra 75 dollars a month on top of the 200 that will be added back on once my hours go down)? If I buy my own bales to supplement his DOS hay (what we call barn hay), that's only 60 dollars, and I might even be able to throw him an extra flake at noon or in his turn out, depending on how the flakes break up. But again, no $$.
I'm thinking of switching him to the senior feed, because as I stated in the previous topic, I don't think safechoice really does anything for him. Its just...there. However, the senior feed actually amounts to less of what we want (fat and protein) than safechoice. I am going to get him the Max-E Glo supplement this week, and see if we can tailor his feed program a little bit. It may end up meaning going back to less hay (bad, I know) but it will also mean siginificantly less safechoice (he's on one scoop now twice a day (2 1/2 lbs), it could be knocked back to a half scoop (1 lb) and maybe 1/4 scoop (1/2 lb) of Max E Glo). Then once I get a job, I'll be able to get him more hay, and re-tailor accordingly.
I am going to ask my BO how much I could knock off of the board bill if I just came and did his stall every night. Since he could be potentially getting less hay, would it be suitable to maybe switch him to Round Up, which is a complete feed, and then add the Max E Glo on top, in addition to his 4 flakes? Again, until I can get the money to consistently provide more hay.