Vidaloco, are you saying I can cut out all the "additives" all together? As for the pony, he's only been here 2 weeks so I don't know if there were health issues, as for the Mini, he's been here since August and he's definitely healthy. A little background of me, I had horses growing up, all boarding stable kept, got out of them and now back in, so I am a research queen right now LOL Been raising dogs the past 20 years, same but way different
From what I have researched on the new pony (and don't set me on fire for this, BOTH were CL purchases, did a lot of searching and feeling, and again having horses growing up, I did absolutely find ones that needed us more than we needed them, BUT in my defense, so far so good with my selections) anyway the pony, I am concerned, again with my research of feed, that MAYBE, and I don't know, he may have had issues with founder in the past? Honestly I don't know why else he would be fed this way (she had 4 other horses that were fed the "kibble" instead), and the previous owner (PO) spoke a lot about not letting him graze on grass (yet knew I have grassy fields) and made a HUGE point to have the farrier come at her cost before we brought him home, even though our farrier was coming 2 days after the pony was to arrive. He's feet are really good, he doesn't have the founder stance, but the PO kept talking about "too much sugar" in his diet, yet specifically told me to feed pulp w/ molasses. When I asked PO about founder, her answer was it's common in ponies, so I think it was an indirect indication that maybe the pony has had issues before?
And I could be totally wrong, again, he's doing great BUT I don't think the feed is right for him. Like I said, he can barely stand still to be groomed, and I would just say that's him, but when I see joe (the mini) eating his diet and then getting jumpy, it has to be the food right? (mind you, joe was brought into my home MANY times by the kids over the winter, he didn't touch a thing, today if they did it, would be like a bull in a china-shop)
You didn't mention if they have a health issue. If they don't I would cut out everything except the hay. If it's good quality, that should be all they need unless they have trouble keeping weight on.
Can you get Standlee hay products in your area? I just started it last year. It's just a pelleted hay. I add ground flax seed to it for added coat shine and healthy joints. Other than that and natural snacks (carrots, apples) they don't get anything else.
ETA- Mine also get free choice hay