Because it is spring, and Mitch is a 7yo tb, I am strip grazing him.
There are a few problems with this.
1. He is already underweight: He come out of winter quite underweight, because of an incident where he was let out of his strip grazing area by an someone and gutsed himself on lush grass.. Because of this he can't hold too much grass in his system (and his poop no longer resembles that of a horses) unless he is given hay too, which we have run out of.
2. Because of this issue with his system not holding on to grass well, if I feed him too much, or he gets out, he poops like a cow and and loses more weight because he can't keep anything inside him.
3. The other problem with helping him gain weight, but strip grazing him, is that also, if I let him on too much grass, he turns into a grenade.. Ready to blow constantly.. He has done it before, and when he blows... He really, really blows.. I won't even go into the stuff he has done when exploding, but he knows how to do it big.
So Pretty much, I need him to gain weight.. He is in race condition size wise but not muscle wise, so really he needs to be fatter.. He wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have the worlds biggest rear end and hips on him
(not that I'm complaining mind you)
He gets fed once a day on:
Two large scoops of Palm Kernel (all it is, is fibre. It is also pre-soaked in boiling water because it expands)
1kg of Extruded Barley, also soaked.
Generally about 45mL of vegetable oil (Unless he has gotten out of his paddock and has the runs)
and 1.5 scoops of Equilibrium B1 Cool Mix (helps calm the monster down, but is also a coat conditioner)
Give him grass at night and feed in morning, vice versa?
Half both the grass and feed, then feed him twice a day?
Leave grass as is, half feed and feed twice daily?
Get other feeds/supps? (If so, what should he have more/less of in his diet?)
What are your suggestions.. If I can I will put pictures up to help, but not today as I should really be doing an english essay right about now.
He is probably not as bad as you would picture him to be, he's just not as heavy as I would like him to be for a horse who is working on flatwork and muscle building every day. (Not ridden extrememly hard as he is still coming in to work, but ridden around 45-60mins daily, including light lunge)
Thankyou to anyone with suggestions :) he is very slowly gaining weight and muscle, but when I say slowly I mean very slowly, like hard to notice when you see him every day