Our hay is a Alfalfa/Timothy/Grass hay mix... I thought about getting a couple square bales to store in the garage of pure alfalfa and throw a flake or two out every day but didn't know if that would be nessasary. The only horse that I have to watch weight wise on round bales is the 12 year old mare... :/ Her head never lifts off the ground unless to get water. But she hasn't been to bad on weight since the weather has dropped, and I have been working her more then she normally gets.
The 8 month old is on mare and foal grain with the mixed round bales that we get, and also put her out on grass every couple days. She is dewormed every other month, but was dewormed quit often as a youngster as well as her mother. She wasn't even weaned until she was 6 1/2 months old, but also got grain and hay while suckling. Her mother was just sold almost a month ago, and thats when I started noticing a little tiny bit of "sunken in" on her top line. I am contemplating going to get grow colt from TSC, and cutting down on the amount of grain she gets, just enough to mix the supplements, giving her the normal round bale, then also throwing in alfalfa hay too.. Good or bad idea?
The three we have now, will be with us until the day that they die. I've already had to 12 year old for about 10 years now :)
A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.