Originally Posted by loosie
I'm gathering the 'hard keeper' title is sarcastic??<GG> In most of those pics, he looks a bit chunky. In the 'after illness' pic he looks a good weight. Nice horse!
Sorry to say, but grain & sugary feed does not take the place of roughage for a horse and is not healthy to overfeed. If there's no grass, free choice hay(+ supps) should be provided & may be all that's needed. There are other healthy option for weight gain if a horse needs extra, but if grain / sweet junk is fed, it needs to be in small quantities, mixed with a lot of roughage, fed in as many small meals daily as possible.
Nope, It wasn't sarcastic at all. The picture you said he was a good weight in all his ribs where clearly visible and his hips were protruding out. Keeping him a good weight has been a struggle with him so we tend to like him going into the winter with extra weight, since we've still been unable to keep him from dropping weight at the beginning of winter. He's a lot wider then he looks, especially for TB. Though I will say, the one picture before he got sick he was very chunky.
He's currently on free choice hay. Always has been, including when we first got him, unfortunately his favorite thing to do is pee in it and move it around his stall. In the field he prefers to pick at the tiny amount of grass we do have, which is pathetic. We've tried him on other types of hay and we've gotten the same reaction, even with straight alfalfa. We also tried elevating it in a hay bag, which he likes to hit around his stall. The only time I've seen him actually and eat his hay is when he's being trailered.