I will be moving my horse to a closer barn next month. Currently he's on 24/7 pasture board with sweet feed 2x a day. He keeps a good weight there, but I can only get out to see him once a week, twice if I'm lucky.
So, at this new barn, I'll be able to see him every day. I work there as well, and I know the BO well and get along with her and everyone there.... There is one problem, though: I don't know enough about feeding to know if he's going to be getting what he needs here.
He will be stalled at the new barn, turnout 4-6+ hours a day, on grass. The hay isn't great quality, it's mostly yellow with some green and a tiny bit of brown stalks, too. I've talked to my trainer about it, and he suggested supplementing with Standlee alfalfa pellets, which aren't too expensive in this area. He said grain shouldn't be necessary.
The horses at the closer barn get fed 1 flake of hay in the morning, one at noon, and three at night. I'm going to buy him a hay net as well, to make sure he doesn't spend too much time doing nothing in his stall. Other than that, and maybe a salt block, I'm not sure what else I might need. My trainer said an all-around supplement (minerals, vitamins) with the alfalfa pellets should be good.... What do you all think? This is my first horse, and although I'd love to have him closer to home, I'd hate for him to end up with a deficiency of some sort.... Anyway, advice or suggestions would be appreciated, and thanks for taking the time to read this.