You like twisting words to make your "point" don't you?
If you go to the feed store and buy sweet feed, and compare the labels.. it has barely anything nutritionally beneficial to the horse.
Now if you look at something marked "complete feed" or "senior feed" (to which is NOT only for senior horses, it just had more components in it for horses that may be hard keepers such as higher protein, rice bran, beet pulp, etc.) it has vitamins and minerals that are nutritionally beneficial to a horse.
The key word is moderation. Which is why people are able to give their horses apples, carrots, sugar cubes, and yes.. they are able to munch on grass so long as sugar levels aren't high. Which yes, that varies throughout the day.. which yes, I learned in that class.
That's not true- there are the lower end sweet feed (cattle feed) and there are the higher quality sweetfeeds (horse grade) that just have added molasses.
Senior horse feed is feed broken down easily with saliva, and is made for the horse with teeth issues, hard keeper, etcetra. Most people I've seen will feed it soaked along with beat pulp and for the under weighters- weight builder..
That's right-- if you give your horse 1st cutting hay then switch to 3rd cutting youll notice a big difference in the weight he gains.. 3rd is better.
I disagree with the OP pumping her horse fulla minerals and supplements he is only pissing away.. literally pissing money away.. horses waste what minerals their bodies don't use..
He just needs more hay, and id say wormer but he was wormed a few days ago and I think that has a lot to do with his weight issue. Id also give more mixed grass hay per day.. a horse should eat long grass hay till their full..