Originally Posted by bloodhoundmom28
I feed him twice a day (per vet) the oats (per vet) was really the only grain he could eat for a while. And I have just kept that in his diet as we have changed and added.
Irritates me so much to hear that! If your vet is not savvy about equine nutrition, how are you supposed to know better
?? If feeding 'hard feed', esp grain in only 2 meals per day, no wonder he still has digestive probs. I'd get onto an equine nutritionist(pref independent of feed co) and get them to advise you on what/how to feed. As for 'only grain he could eat', oats are about the safest & only grain I'd consider giving a horse as a rule. Don't get the comment about changing & adding.
i live in FL and well we don't have that many hills lots of sand though lol. A lil history about him I purchased him not knowing that the owner throws her feed on the ground and lets her horses eat it like that and that he was not always hin a pasture but a round pen. ....he had 6 mop buckets of sand come out of him
My giddy aunt! 6 buckets!!
As for the owner putting feed on the ground, *generally* that shouldn't be a problem - that is, after all where horses naturally find their food. But if they were in a pen with no pasture, and perhaps also weren't fed as much/often as they should have been, then this can lead to them ingesting too much sand & the likes, as they try to get every morsel out of it.
As for not having hills, working in sand is probably almost as good.