Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
Condition can only be obtained by work, not by feed.
For calories I use soaked beet pulp. It gives the bonus of getting extra water into them during the winter.
My main feed is Safechoice and Hay Stretcher pellets. (Right now they are not getting anything but a small amount of Hay Stretcher pellets.)
I partly disagree. The muscle condition or being tone does not happen without work. The overall condition of a horse can be improved with feed. Our hard keeper didn't get enough winter weight before winter and had lost some muscle mass. By feeding him what I posted, he did put weight back on in muscle and fat. We did not work him at all during the winter and he kept the muscle he had put back on. If the horse isn't getting enough nutrients, it will use up it's fat reserves and then the muscle will degenerate. When the nutrients are returned, the muscle and fat will return. The horse may not be toned up but will get muscle back from just moving around in the pasture or pen.