Transitioning from Sweet Feed to Safechoice
As I have been reading this forum, I have come across a lot of questions regarding feeding schedules and diets. So, I read up a lot on different brands/types of feed to determine what my horse needs. A little background info: my horse and I did professional drill team riding for the past 4 years, pretty intense practices once or twice a week. However, I have recently moved to a new barn where we are taking a break from drill team riding, and my horse is just kind of chilling out and only getting worked about once a week (yes, it's depressing, only once a week). For the past 4 years, my horse got 5 lbs. Of Tizwhiz 14% Sweet Feed per day along with about 15 lbs. Or so of very good quality alfalfa/orchardgrass mix (a combination of 2nd and 3rd cuttings). He has always been an easy keeper, never thin. Now he's 11years old, and I am switching his feed to Safechoice because of the "junkiness" of the sweet feed. I am really hoping that this will help him calm down because he always has an incredible amound of energy, every time I ride him, no matter how often I ride him or how much I lunge before getting on. Its hard to work on reining stuff when he is constantly going faster and faster if you don't maintain light contact on his mouth.
So, after reading all of that, does anyone have any experience switching from a sweet feed to something else, and has it made a significant difference in how hot your horses are? I'm just concerned that he'll be hot for the rest of his good riding career. Any insight would be very appreciated.