Okay, so Aires has been going through a MAJOR growth spurt in the last month. He has leveled out completely and is almost starting to get a little uphill (he was extremely downhill when I bought him two months ago) and his head has gotten bigger as well (already outgrew the large Weaver halter I bought him three weeks ago and is almost out of the rope halter I bought last week!). I've also noticed that he's getting a bit more ribby than I would like, but our BO isn't feeding him any more than he was before.
He's not really underweight by any stretch of the imagination, but where before he was a slow eater and wasn't extremely interested in snacking on the leftover hay in the turnouts, now he is like a vacuum and doesn't leave one scrap of hay in his stall.
And heaven forbid there's any leftover hay in the turnouts! The other day my friend went to bring him in for me (I had to go to work) and she had a major fight on her hands because he DID NOT want to leave the pile of hay scraps the BO had dumped in the turnout with him. Normally he comes up to the gate and stands to be haltered or have the lead rope attached (I leave his halter on when I turn him out...she takes it off 'cuz it's a rope halter and the geldings are notorious for taking off other horses' rope halters). She actually had to go out into the turnout to get him, he refused to lift his head from the hay pile in order for her to halter him, and she literally had to DRAG him out of the turnout. I've never had that problem before, even when there had been hay in the turnout he was in (before his growth spurt).
So, since the BO isn't feeding him any extra, would it be a bad thing to get some alfalfa pellets for him and feed him a midday "meal"? Would it spoil him or does he need the extra nutrition another meal would give him? I'm not really looking to feed any grain or supplements (not yet...he's not even broke yet...maybe after we start riding trails I will, but we'll see), just wondering if an extra meal is in order since he's growing so much.
Thanks in advance!