I know sweet feed isn't the greatest in the first place but is it bad for a young one?
Here's the deal. With winter coming, we are starting to give our older horses beet pulp. My wife bought some mare and foal pellets to give our colt to help put weight on and for more nurishment than grass and hay can give. I've tried giving him the pellets and he took a little but went back to the hay. I tried some beet pulp with his pellets and he wouldn't touch it. I even tried some sweet feed with his pellets. Same thing, he wouldn't touch it. Finally, I tried just a couple handfuls of sweet feed in a bowl. He finally showed interest in something other than grass and hay.
My thoughts are to keep giving him the sweet feed and slowly start mixing in his pellets after a couple days. Then slowly wean him off the sweet feed so he's just getting the pellets. My wife thinks it is bad to give him the sweet feed.
So any thoughts or suggestions? The amount of sweet feed he would get would be about 1 - 2 cups per day, just to get him used to eating from the bowl.
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