I've scanned through LOTS of posts reading on it, but gotten so confused there are so many thoughts out there.
Currently, our mare eats Strategy 12% (healthy edge I think they call it). She gets a full strategy scoop twice a day, with good quality hay at a rate of 2 flakes twice a day. She's out on pasture, but it's crap pasture, so it's not giving her anything.
She's been on this program since we got her, and she was hundreds of pounds underweight and near death, so we built her up to this starting with constant hay, adding the feed in a little at a time, that's been maybe 5 months. She also gets some yeast on her feed and electrolytes..but that's not relevant, no matter what I feed her she'll get those.
SO..question is, she moves to her new home this coming week. A big new pasture, full of grass that we had seeded and fertilized in the spring and have allowed to grow and flourish until now, letting it get good hold. I'm not overly in love with the strategy, but it does her well. I'm not sure it's not making her a bit hot headed, but being four could be doing that I'd like to be feeding her to my best ability though, so am open to suggestions.
I am a fan of feeding alfalfa pellets, so considered mixing the two (the strategy and pellets) once we get her moved...would this be a bad idea? It's been so durned long since I fed one (12 years we went without a horse) that I'm very rusty. I can get purina, nutrena or a local place sells a sweet they make but I am not a fan of straight out sweet feeds, too much sugar.
She gets moderate work. It will be increasing slowly now as she's back in fine health. And here is a picture of her body weight, she looks like to me now we need to work on muscle, not weight..am I correct?(BTW you can see the old funky pasture here...not ideal but when you get a horse thrown at you and they say take it or it's gonna die, you throw up a fence wherever you can and go at it)