I'm looking for some opinions on evaluating my horses diet.
12 year old QH gelding, light work (described below) on 24/7 pasture (first time this year) with grass and access to free choice hay. He's not super obese, had to loose about 70lbs according to the vet back in June of this year which we made progress with. He's fattened up for the winter though. Access to free choice hay, mineral block and water.
The trouble is I'm at a boarding barn and they just got a new batch of hay in (purchased). They either grow their own or purchase and I'm not sure if its from the same supplier (sometimes they purchase round bales other times large square bales). For this reason, testing the hay is not always the easiest task... It's not green & leafy hay that the indoor board horses get but I heard the color thing is a myth? (I'm a small animal nutrition nut, very little large animal nutrition in college).
He is fed 1.5lbs of Gro n' Win once daily and I am thinking of upping him to 1.8-2lbs / day since he is in light work. We ride ~30min - 1 hour 2-3 times per week. Walk & trot with a little canter work.
He has started to get a case of rain rot and his winter coat has not been as good looking this year as it has been in the past. I'm reading that supplementing vitamin A can help but I am hesitant to supplement something without a hay analysis because too much of something isn't always a good thing.
He also does not receive salt free-choice which I believe he should. Correct?
Photo's for body condition:
This is from the other day when the lightest touch send him twitching/spasms and wanting to bite/kick me which is not that horse. He is very laid back. The pressure I put on him, normally would get no response other then him looking at me. He also had a couple swollen/raised areas that were painful, they can somewhat be seen in the video. Now he's broken out in scabs along his topline and bum. Poor baby.
Even though his coat is dry, you can see it just doesn't look quality (its looks kind of thin, dull and dry looking).
Video: - VID-20121101-00034.mp4 video by QHCowgirl_2008 - Photobucket
Photo's to compare to last year: P.S. hay is definatly not that green and nice looking this year! ... its also in a feeder so he can't lay in it.
couple years ago:
Vet never commented on his coat condition at all.
What do you guys think of his diet without a hay analysis?