Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stroudsburg, Pa
I haven't read all the posts, however I will say I agree the horse needs more feed. Just to touch on the sweet feed issue, our horses have been on the same sweet feed for 20+ years until recently, we started mixing in a 12% protein pellet. Granted, they get 2.5-3 lbs max at each feeding and it has lower molasses, but they still get it. My Shetland has been eating the same amount and same grain for the entire 17 years I've had her, even on pasture. Never had a founder, colic, ulcers, nothing.
We also "rescue" here and there, and have never had an issue with weight gain. They get good quality hay and their grain twice daily. They actually tend to pick up weight rather quickly.
I'm not saying that this horse will benefit from sweet feed, just that us personally and many, many of the barns around here feed it with zero issues. Maybe it's our local brand and because it has a lower amount of molasses, I don't know. But it works/worked for us.
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