How do I know how much rice bran to add to his feed? I have also heard of people adding corn oil to their grain...what do you think of this?
Originally Posted by Saddlebag
I'm going to suggest you continue with what you are feeding and maybe go easy on the lunging, hard on his joints. He needs a pasture where he can move freely 24/7. It's not necessary to stall him at night. With horses movement aids digestion so standing in a stall isn't helping him gain. He seems to have a good coat to withstand cold.
I'm just curious, how is lunging going to be hard on his joints? He's doing very well with it and actually seems to REALLY enjoy it. The pasture is usually frozen and uneven so he doesn't do much out there to get his energy out and is just grazing on hay all day, so this keeps him "sane". He loves being lunged and his expression brightens and is very excited to be moving about. I do not lunge for more than 10-15 minutes (including walking in between transitions so he can catch his breath) and its mostly walking and trotting with maybe 2 minutes of cantering because he gets too excited by that point and overworks himself, we do maybe 3 circles each direction and we walk for a good 15 minutes to cool down (his thick coat makes him so hot so quick).
He is stalled at night because they do not offer pasture board. He is in pasture sun up to sun down and is stalled at night, unless the weather is unbearable (like the past 2 days...who has ever heard of thunderstorms and 60 degree weather during January in Chicago). The paddock is way to muddy and slippery to let them out until the ground freezes up again, which is supposed to be Wednesday, so he has really been enjoying his lunging sessions.