I recently purchased a pony for my daughter, 5yo, 13.2 hands, paint, gelding. His Feed is Beet Pulp and Oats, 3 cups of each (1.5 pounds-each) twice daily and unlimited coastal Bermuda hay. We have our Mini Joe, who gets Purina Mini & Pony feed (1 cup in AM, 2 cups in PM - actual CUPS, not "scoops") and same unlimited hay. Plus they both have all the grass they chose to eat. The pony came here (2 weekends ago) pretty mellow, normal for a new environment. Last few days, he's kind of "off". The mini finishes his normal (I call it kibble LOL) and goes in for the beet/oats. I am noticing changes in the mini's attitude (not good changes), he's jumpy and, well, not so "sweet". The pony is taking on an attitude, and has so much energy he can hardly stand for grooming. BUT this was the diet his old owner told me he was getting.
If feed REALLY has an affect on attitude, I'd have to side with the (kibble) Purina Mini & Pony chow that the Mini eats. But can I switch the pony to it, is it enough, is it too much? I have read A LOT on bagged "kibble" and don't really like what I read, but am also thinking the beet pulp/grass combo is giving these guys a Sugar High.
I guess my question is, for ultimate nutrition, should I go beet pulp/oats/hay/grass, or kibble/hay/grass, keeping in mind they are both children's mounts, ridden/played with often, but not daily?
And I had to add, I personally deal with them daily. They are in our "backyard" so I use every moment of being outside as a training session, even if it's just me having to go to the shed and "train" ground work/ personal space stuff. The KIDS don't mess with them daily, but MOM does