I believe that alfalfa should be no more than 10% of the diet. It ups the calcium and makes magnesium and phosphorus deficient and balance is everything. Beet pulp is definitely a winner for safe weight gain. (molasses-free, soaked and rinsed and the shreds not pellets for better delivery of fiber.) Slow feeders are also great regulators, avoiding ulcers and boredom and insuring that it last longer and keeps them warm at 5am in the morning. Thin horses gain and fat horses lose, they regulate so well.
Sounds like the protein is going to be adequate, but it depends on his workload. I agree with Loosie about knowing what skinny really is and also that low grade pain is not involved as well as worms.
I've found that I can get a better visual weight idea if a winter blanket has just been pulled off and the hair is still laying flat.
Last edited by missyclare; 02-03-2012 at 01:57 AM.