I have owned both a young quarter horse and a young thoroughbred in the past so I am not new to horses. However, I lived in pa when I had my other horses and I am now living in ca with my new filly.
Being that I'm from pa, I'm used to horses being out on great pasture having their diet consist mostly of grass during the summer and free choice hay during the winter. Out here in ca, there is very little to no grass for grazing in the pasture. Right now I am keeping the filly on the same diet her previous owners had her on because I don't want to make any changes too quickly.
She is a little bit underweight, maybe 100lbs (the gelding she was kept with before often stole her food and beat her up pretty bad). Right now she is being fed around 5lbs bermuda/alfalfa pellets (soaked), 2lbs beet pulp (dry measurement, fed soaked), 1.5lbs rice bran pellets, half a scoop rolled oats, and 1/3 cup germ wheat oil (all fed 2x a day). She also is getting 1 flake of bermuda grass in between meals for lunch.
I would ultimately like to get her on free choice orchard once she gets her weight up so she is able to munch all day. I'm looking for suggestions as far as what she is already being fed and suggestions on how to switch her over to free choice hay.
Sorry for such a long post!!