I am hoping to get an overall critique on my Shire geldings diet, and if there are any suggestions on what I should change. He's 4 years old, super easy keeper, does have a bit of an issue with soft stools now and then but otherwise healthy. Isn't in any hard work so doesn't need any extra calories.
Aside from being fed around 30 to 35 pounds of hay per day (split into two feedings), he is getting twice a day:
2 cups of alfalfa pellets, soaked (about 1LB, really only feeding it so the other feeds will have something to "stick" to)
1/3 cup local vit/min supplement
1/2 cup rice bran
I want to stay away from grains/sweet feeds. I tried him on two different ration balancers (Step 7 and another that I can't seem to remember the name of... otter co-op brand) and he did fine, but didn't seem to really "bloom" on them. Same with the current program he is on - he looks good, but not great.
I'm in B.C., Canada, so sadly I'm pretty limited in what brands are available to me. I was thinking about switching the rice bran to flax seed, maybe trying a different ration balancer (though I'm not sure if there are any other types available to me)? Maybe a different vit/min supplement?
There are a couple of feeds that I'd love to try but are all in the states and don't ship here.
Suggestions and input are greatly appreciated!!