Ok so I need some tips. I'm not used to feeding my own horse. Back when I lived in KY it was much different and the BO took care of all the feeding requirements for me, and the horses were on pasture for half the day. But here in Southern CA it is much different. There is no pasture whatsoever for the horses to feed on. She is a very HOT mare an so I am very wary of feeding her anything that would give her a higher energy level. Currently I feed her 1 flake of Orchard every AM + PM, about 2 lbs. Of Safe Choice feed every AM along with her couple of supplements. She is a 14.3hh 7 yr old Arabian with TONS of energy. I worry though is this really enough? When I got her back in July she had a HUGE grass belly because the guy was feeding her 5 flakes of Alfalfa everyday on top of feed and ricebran oil and alfalfa pellets for lunch. I have gotten her down to the weight she needs to be at (ie gotten rid of the belly), but I don't want her losing more weight. Would adding an extra flake help? She doesn't do that much work, when I ride her it is usually only for about 30min-1hr a few days a week, she is just used as a pleasure horse. Or possibly giving her some Timothy pellets for lunch (if so how much?)? Any tips would greatly be appreciated.
Here is what she looks like now: