Originally Posted by APHAforlife
Alright so this is what I have done so far. I have Purina Senior, Rice Bran, Alfalfa cubes, I purchased some sweet feed (oats, corn, molasses), and am going to purchase some beet pulp this weekend. Now I don't want to overload her with these "supplements" as I especially don't want to have to keep her on them for the rest of her life just to keep weight on. Any suggestions on rotating how I feed or about how much would be appropriate without being too much or not enough??
For what it is worth, when I want to get weight on a horse, I weigh every ounce of feed for a long while to get a good idea of what exactly
I am feeding and of what, and keep a record. What would be appropriate depends on her weight. I am home all day, so I can feed 4-6 times a day (3-4 for a normal routine).
Obviousely, the alfalfa should be the bulk of your percentage by weight. I would be shooting for something close to 2% (total of all "ingredients) if she needs weight. For a 1000 lb horse, I would make the alfalfa part at least
12 lbs of the 20 I planned on "getting up to" for daily feeding. I would do a routine w the "other than alfalfa" that you have, like - senior in the am, beet pulp at noon, sweet feed in the pm. All spread out in equal time increments as far as you can spread it evenly from first to last feeding.
You should figure out how much by weight and of what you are currently feeding her so you don't just "shoot up" all in one day and you have some baseline.
If you have never fed her beet pulp before, start with no more than a cup (dry), soak it as directed (pellets take longer, I prefer shredded) and build up slowly to whatever amount you plan on feeding her - just as a precaution.
Watch her weight closely...you don't want the "opposite extreme" of a problem.