Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Is the horse under or over weight? Otherwise, the best for them is grass. Next would be a good quality hay. If they have either and have it freechoice 24/7, they really don't need anything else. They really shouldn't need any supplements unless they have hoof, joint or tendon problems. We only give ours a low protein sweet feed as a treat during the summer and sweet feed mixed with soaked beet pulp in the colder months about 4 times a week. Their treat is between 1/2 and a full scoop and winter feeding is about 1 scoop of each.
I don't know what chaff or cool is, so I can't help with that. Where our horses are boarded, not being biased, out of about 20 horses, our horses look the best. Most of the rest look thin and the vet always rates ours at a 5 or maybe a 6 on the BSI(Body Score Index). We've noticed that the stable has started to feed the other horses the same way that we have fed ours.