I'm trying to figure out my geldings diet now that we are at a new barn and he is eating different grain, and in a very different living situation. I'm not very knowledgeable about feed so I need the feed gurus on here to help me out. My mom won't pay for feedxl.
Xander is a 12 year old thoroughbred gelding who I event with.
Xander's living situation-
-out in a small paddock (large enough for some vegetation to nibble on, but not grazing) from 730-430. In a stall at night
-ridden anywhere from 3-6 days a week, two of those days being intense lessons, one of the lessons being primarily jumping
- competing at horse trials at least once a month in the summer/fall, usually twice a month
What Xander eats-
-5 flakes of good quality grass hay throughout the day
-1 1/2 pounds morning and night of blue seals trotter (http://blueseal.com/files/feeding-and-mgmt/equine/9_Trotter.pdf)
-a scoop of quiescence, a magnesium supplement
-barn gives him electrolytes when it's hot or I work him hard or both
-he has access to a salt lick
-the amount of hay he gets
-the kind of grain he gets
-he needs a magnesium supplement because my vet and I think he's deficient. Without it his muscles get tense/tight/sore and he gets really anxious
*note- Xander is a picky eater so I am trying to avoid giving him anything powdered
**another note- he is boarded so I trying to avoid messy, time consuming liquids. Basically leaves me only looking at pelleted supplements
Areas of concern-
-according to the trotter label, Xander, as a mature horse, in moderate work, and weighing 900 pounds, should be getting 9 pounds of trotter, he's only getting 3 pounds. He's at a good weight now, so is it time for a vit/mineral supplement?
-I'm pretty positive he's not getting enough omegas in his diet, and I really like the look of SmartPak's SmartOmega 3 (http://www.smartpakequine.com/mobile/product/8294) but its powder, does anyone know of a comparable product, that's pelleted?
I'm just not sure what else Xander needs to be really healthy. He just doesn't seem to be thriving, and his coat is not very healthy.
Anyone want to help me out here?
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