Originally Posted by APHA MOMMA
I will keep y'all updated with him AND I will continue to ride him lightly. I would understand if I started him under a year like some race horses AND ran him hard but I don't even run him at all.
Race horses are usually started at 20-24 months old, not under a year old.
Even "light riding" can have long-term effects on young joints. Just some food for though, I won't say any more on the subject
He is very well taken care of and thank you for your concern but I feel my horse will do great on the supplements that I have chosen for him.
Then why did you come here for advice? You asked if what you picked was good, and I (and some others) are saying it's not (the Omelene).
As for feeding him more, he is already on a 1 1/2 flakes of alfalfa in the morning and 1 1/2 at night. I don't want to feed him any more than that as alfalfa tends to make him hot if too much. I have tried the grass hay around here and I will Never get it again, after trying from many different ppl, every bale was full of foxtails. This isn't the best place for hay I guess, idk.
Straight Alfalfa can be fine, though adding grain will definitely make him high as a kite. He should be on 1.5-2.5% of his body weight a day in hay. If you can't feed him any more Alfalfa, then I would suggest trying to find timothy or bermuda (or a blend with one of those) of hay cubes. Timothy hay is also a good choice.
Good feet, a shiney coat, and good muscle tone starts with good nutrition. Adding supplements may or may not help if you don't have a good, balanced diet to start with.
I would have him on either Triple Crown 12% supplement
or Grow N Win Alfa
, 2-5 lbs dry weight of beet pulp (shredded with NO molasses, soaked or dry), and 1 cup of stabilized rice bran (no Omelene or grain or other feed). That will give him all the nutrition he needs, high fat, and a shiney coat. He will stay calm, his coat and feet will improve, and you will save money too. You may not need to add hay cubes or any extra hay to his diet if you feed enough beet pulp.