I board and work at a stable who has switched to strategy feed about a year ago. They used to have a grain mix that the owner came up with herself and had the feed mill make/mix it for her. I'm pretty sure it was a combo of oats, corn, pellets, and molasses. The horses were always at a good weight, but they switched because apparently someone who works for purina came by and told the manager that strategy was cheaper and better for your horse. But lately we've had horses lose weight (mostly young ones between 1-3 y/o). Even some of the fat horses that NEVER seem to lose a pound.
The horses are wormed regularly. Some of the horses are boarded, and either their owners never ride them or see them or they are taken on an hour trail once in a great while. We run a trail riding business for people visiting around northwest indiana. The trail horses do at the very most 3-4 trails a day each (only during late spring to early fall), either an hour and 20 minutes or 40 minutes depending on the type of ride. The other horses are spilt between the worker's horses and the owner's horses. The owner only rides one of her horses a few times a week (this is one of really fat ones that mysteriously started losing weight). The rest of her horses consists of Cinder(broodmare), Anelle(1 year), and Neela(3 years). Cinder is actually the mother of the other two. My horses are nice and healthy and don't seem to be affected at all. The only horses having any trouble are Cinder(8 y/o tb, the broodmare), Tuff(18 y/o qh, a newer trail horse, who is rarely used. Came from a family who kept him with no other horses. He's very timid and shy in the paddock), Raja(the manger's horse. A 3 y/o Anglo-Arab gelding who is only ridden on a trail ride once or twice every few weeks), Eagle(9 y/o paint, a wonderful trail horse who can eat tons and still doesn't seem to pack a pound), Rio(12y/o anglo-arab, the owner's baby/riding horse. Although his weight loss may be related to his heaves. He had two coughing attacks in the last few weeks since some dumbbutt fed him moldy hay), Anelle(1 year old Oldenburg), and Neela(3 year old Hanoverian). They have been getting corn oil with their grain for months also, but it's just not helping.
Maybe we should be giving them once a day wormer? The stable is so close to the beach that they live in sand paddocks, and eat off round bales. They come in during bad weather, and get 2 flakes (less or more depending on horse or pony) with their grain at AM & PM. Hay is grass/alfalfa mix. We give them psyllium in their grain once a month for a week because of the sand. And we havn't had a horse colic in years. Just a fyi, there are 30 horses living there.
I just would like to know if I should inform the owner about switching back to the old grain or finding a different grain that is better. Or keep trying to convince her to fence in the 50 acres she bought down the road. :roll:
Sorry if this is too long, but I wanted to make sure I got most if not all of the details out. :)