Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I figure I'll keep his weight gain supplement going. It has all the amino acids, vitamins and protein he needs. He's still also on his full grain ration until we feel safe to start dropping it. Not sure how to tell when it's safe to do that. Today was day 2 of the experiment. He's burrrowed a hole into the middle of the bale and it eating constantly. He just comes up once in awhile for air. It's really funny. Ideally I'd love to get to where it's just hay, his supplement and just a little grain so he doesn't kill himself when he sees the other horses getting theirs. I'm not sure if that is realistic, but I guess I'll find out.
You'll be suprised, when you do finally start cutting back on his grain, he'll start gaining more weight! He may drop a little at first, but if you cut him back to just 1/2 scoop (2-3 measuring cups) along with his vitamins, he'll start picking up weight better. I like to mix some alfalfa in their diet (cubes, pellets, or hay) for more calories and quality protein. It really seems to help the hard keepers.
Take photos every 2 weeks and use a weight tape every week, on the same day, at the same time of day, and on the same place around his barrel. After 60 days, you can evaluate his progress to see if anything needs to be changed.
Also, if he's the only one eating on the hay, make sure it's covered or tarped when it starts raining more than ocassionally. One horse won't eat it fast enough to prevent mold.