Can you suggest "next steps" ? I was told by my local feed guy basically what you said but your explanation made sense, so thanks. He said get my hay tested for protein content and go from there. Problem is I don't grow my own and my barn has several suppliers, so would the analysis be worth it?
I'm ready to make a change I'm just still unsure what to do next.
Kudos to you for being nutrition conscious!
In your case testing hay would get very costly, so I wouldn't waste my money.
Yes, throw the sweet feed out to the deer and rabbits - it is worthless as horse feed
Are you sure on the 650 lbs? My Arab is 13.3H and a hardkeeper. I can clearly see his ribs at 840 lbs. Your horse is 13.2H and, while still growing, 650 lbs seems pretty thin
Horses typically grow UP and develop their bones & muscles until they're five.
It sounds as if your local feed dealer has some horse sense. I'm sure he carries something that is appropriate for a growing horse.
I hope breeders will come in with more knowledge than I have in raising a young horse in today's world - feeding babies is something I haven't done for many years
Take their input and go back to your local feed dealer. Then watch your horse closely for any sort of negative reaction to the feed. By that I mean over-active, fidgety, maybe getting feisty enough that it wants to nip or kick.
And please post a picture of a cross of two of my favorite breeds; Arabs being the third
Once it's old enough to be ridden, it should gait fairly easy since Maggie Marshall, a black Morgan mare, is the Foundation Mare of Record for the Tennesee Walking Horse
<---Some Morgans are gaited and there is a registry for them