I've been working on building weight on my 6 year old TWH gelding.
His topline looks awful; belly and ribs look good; neck is ok.
Lately, I've been feeding him 4c of generic 12% sweet feed mixed with 4c of Purina Omolene 200, with the base dose of Dumor Weight Builder (from Tractor Supply) with it. He gets that once daily.
He also gets what grass is left that he wants to pick at (2.5-3 acre pasture), and free-choice hay from round bales. They're just plain mixed grass hay. Nothing special, but good enough.
He is not currently being ridden or worked at all, and he is pasture kept with free access to shelter. Until his weight is back up, whatever exercise he gets is of his own choice.
He looks like he has gained a little since I added the weight builder about a month ago, but I'm not sure how quickly he should be gaining with it. (I'm new to needing supplements.)
My question is, do you all think it would be reasonable to sub out the Omolene 200 for their 300 formula for the added vitamins, just over the winter? Or maybe just for 1 bag's worth, for a little extra boost?
I know it's specified for mares and foals, but the content analysis on the bags looked pretty similar on protein, fat, etc.
He does fine on pasture alone when the grass is growing, but I've struggled with him this winter. I only got him last year, when winter was mostly over, so this is really my first winter with him. I'm still learning what he needs.
*Dewormer is UTD, Dentist appointment is scheduled