Originally Posted by gypsygirl
2lbs of strategy once per day. ... the type of horse that is more 'ulcer prone' imo.
Yeah, that sort of feed, esp in only one meal per day would make her the 'type' to be ulcer prone.
If you can't feed more than once daily, I'd avoid grain & sweets & stick to very small feeds.
i was thinking of switching her over to eating alfalfa cubes, is that a good option ? How much do you usually start with ? She also eating a pelleted hoof supplement and a powdered joint supplement that I would have to figure out how to get her to eat.
Firstly, what are you feeding/wanting to feed her for? Is she under weight? Needing more energy? Lacking nutrition? As it depends why as to what may be best, can't answer first above. But alfalfa is high in energy & low in sugar, so can be a good ingredient for putting weight on horses. It's also quite high in calcium, protein & other nutrients, so that needs to be taken into consideration re balancing nutrition too. If you're wanting a balanced ration, alfalfa should probably be mixed with other stuff. Depends what's in her hay/grazing & the 'hoof supp' as to what she may need elsewhere.
I'd start/change any feed gradually, such as a double handful(1lb?) per day for a few days, gradually increasing over a week or 2 to whatever amount you feel is right for her. IME if you have a small amount of powdered supp mixed well in alfalfa, rice bran, etc, then it generally isn't a prob going down. If your 'joint supp' is MSM, it shouldn't have a flavour anyway.