Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Ryle, His diet the entire previous winter through august consited of water, a salt lick, and brome hay. The hay we were feeding has been tested before and (not that cutting though) was about 16% protein. We fed probably about 10 pounds of hay twice a day - more on cold days.
Size, build, and prior history, he is not a horse that I would consider a hard keeper, but it was like the summer of riding all of a sudden caught up with him, and then it showed. The lathargy was probably the earlier sign, but also from past behavior, I thought that was just him, not his health.
I want to ride a lot again next summer, it does not have to be seven days a week again, but I want to keep that weight on him and his energy up this time.
Seriously, how do those horses who work eight hour days do it?