I'm exploring the idea of bringing a younger horse into the herd, and while I'm confident in my abilities it's going to be an all around learning experience, including in regards to feed. My current horse is a fairly easy keeper, in the summer stays fat and healthy on a good hay and grass, in the winter is put on a grain supplement to keep his weight up. But I don't have experience feeding a younger horse and would like your opinions. I would like to be economical about it, obviously not at the expense of the gelding, and am exploring a bunch of different options right now.
He's two, coming three, and is currently on a 'complete' pellet and a handful of youth pellet, plus hay.
Is anybody familiar with the Viterra Step Right feeds? From what I gather 'step two' is targeted toward his age. I know beet pulp is hardly a good addition, we feed it (or a soy pellet, unfortunately I don't see it on the feed store website this year) in the winter just as something warm for them as a 'treat', but what about an alfalfa or timothy pellet? I'll admit to not knowing much about different feeds, I've always had extremely easy keepers and my parents have always avoided grain but now it's 'my horse my rules' and with growing horses I know they need all the nutrition they can get.
As a side note. His current owners said they picked him up as a rescue in September, so I'm wanting to be even more conscious about his nutrition.