Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I think this has not been asked yet, and should be:
How much do your bales weigh? How many pounds of hay does your horse get morning and night.
It is important to know the weight of hay your horse is getting rather than the number of flakes, as flake size differs depending on bale size. My flakes of hay are 25lbs each, as I feed from 900lb square bales.
For weight management (loss or gain), it is important to know pounds of hay being fed, and quality of hay being fed.
If I were you, I would try to get ahold of some very low quality (more stem, low protein) hay, and mix that in with your good quality hay. I would say 50/50. That way, you can still give larger amounts of hay to satisfy his need to chew while cutting back a bit on nutrients. Roughage is so important for overall health - keep the amount of chew time up if possible. Though not possible for most people, if you can feed 3 or more smaller meals a day, it is much more ideal.
Overall though, if you have only had this boy a month or so, keep exercising him, and you will likely see improvements.