We taped Sammy yesterday and it turns out he's 18.3 instead of 18.2 and the weight tape says about 1500 which is WAY under where we thought he was at which was 1700. The vet says he needs to reach at least 2000 including muscle.
My question is how do I put on muscle while building up his weight?
He's on full day turn out in a grassy pasture 9am-5pm. At 7:30am he gets 3 flakes of orchard grass hay along with 1 pounds of beatpulp, half a coffee can of alfalfa pellets (sorry not sure the measurement but maybe 2 cups?) and a quarter cup of a non hot grain. He gets the same for dinner.
His riding routine is walk and warm up for 5 minutes, trot both directions for ten minutes, canter once both directions once (about 2 minutes) trot working on bending and connecting through the back in circles, work on backing under saddle during the cool off for about 5-10 minutes, working on backing and in hand work for another 5 minutes.
I've started adding trot poles in circles, cones to for figure8's and more bending and the vet says he should be good to do low cavaleties once or twice a week.
He doesn't get sweaty sweaty but he does get damp. I'm afraid if I work him too hard it will get rid of the weight I've already put on him which is only 150-200lbs and he needs all of it. The vet and my trainer have been encouraging me to work him into a decent sweat (not a lather).
He's getting wormed again soon, his chiro and teeth are going to be done as well.
Any ideas? He has a lot of filling out through his whole body but most noticable through his ribs and butt.
I'll get a recent picture of him tomorrow.