Join Date: May 2011
Location: Umatilla, Florida
Bit of Help?
So, about two months ago, I realized my horse had dropped a bit of weight, which I was fine with because he had become a bit chunky. But his weight kept dropping. I was told he was getting 3/4 scoop of Safe Choice pellet feed twice a day as well as free choice hay and at least three hours in the pasture per day as well as occasional (1-3 days per week) night turn out. So when he dropped a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight in a few weeks, I was very concerned. I upped his feed and added a bit of corn oil to his feed, about 1/4 of a cup twice a day. I also switched him to Triple Crown Senior feed. After about a week, I checked the feed room. There was barely any oil gone, and the senior feed seemed to be about as full as a bag is when only opened. I tried to confront the BO, but she insisted everything was fine and he was ill. I still get the feeling she wasn't feeding my horse. Needless to say, I spent an entire day on my step dad's property putting up a fence with my grandfather to move my horse immediately. He's now been there for two weeks as of Sunday. He seems to have already gained a bit of weight back, but I just wanted to see if you guys felt his diet was right for his needs and if he was lacking anything.
So, in the morning he is fed 1 and 1/4 scoops of Triple Crown Senior feed, and the same in the evening. He is also on a 5 acre pasture with more grass than one horse would know what to do with, which he is constantly grazing on. There's also a salt block in the pasture. No supplements or hay.
Does this seem like a good diet to bring him back to health? He's not being worked beyond walks through the neighborhood on his leadrope, I don't want to ride while he's so thin.
So yeah, please let me know your thoughts!(: