Ok, so our border had the vet out to look at her horse last week. She was having issues chewing - turns out she's got a mouf full of nasty teef. (We've recommended her having a dental done for a year now.)
Anyway, the vet takes care of what needed to be done, then tells the border that the horse could use more "caloric intake". She recommended doubling her grain and top dressing it with corn oil.
Ok, here are my reservations:
*Doubling grain? That seems a bit extreme. Before this horse came here she was getting a coffee can of sweet feed a day. Like 4 lbs. She was as boogery as you could imagine. We dropped her to one lb. Gro-n-win and one lb. Sweet feed. Much better attitude.
*Now, if this horse had teef issues, which are now fixed, wouldn't that help the horse with her "weight"?
*I'm feeding 200 lbs of first crop grassy hay per day to five horses, split between two feedings. My math tells me that's more than enough, even in winter. According to the trusty weight tape, I've got 5100 lbs of horse out there. My opinion is that they are all in good weight with the exception of TBD, who gets fat reading the menu. Ribs are there, but you gotta dig deep.
*It's my understanding that the best method for weight gain is to push the hay at em.
*I'm indifferent on the corn oil. We used it on our TB mare years back - seemed to work in giving her loose poops. Currently the vet said to feed her 1/4 cup, gradually increasing that over 10 days to 1/2 cup. Seems insignificant to me.