Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
If he doesn't have some medical condition such as was mentioned above and is just a super easy keeper...you have to work at it on a consistant basis. My mare is beyond an easy keeper - I weigh her food...every last morsel! I kept/keep record, and tailored a diet to ensure that she gets all the nutrients she needs, gets the amount of food she needs to maintain, and excercise to keep her "fit". She will never be lean. You have to begin by knowing exactly what his intake is now...and go from there. You say "1.5 pads", I am assuming that is like 1.5 flakes? The density of bales can vary significantly due to the cut, the baler, etc.,. If you don't weight it - you have zero base line and no way to ensure consistancy. Obviousely consistant excercise is going to help slim him down as well as build muscel, but a super easy keeper is still going to need less than his "middle of the road metabolism" pasture pal - all things held the same (e.g., same amount of excercise). Easy keepers take a lot of work.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.