I have 4 horses total. I only have 2 of them at my house and my other 2 are at a friends barn. They are all on sweet feed and coastal hay. Well I bought some hay for my horses at my house from the tractor store and neither of them will eat it. I had a pony that I rehomed today and she wouldnt eat it either! Its suppose to be Coastal hay but they kept it in a 18 wheeler trailer. I shake the dust out but they just arent interested in it. Its very dry and tan. The stuff my other horses at my friends barn is more greenish in color and not so dry. Any suggestions?
Also Im feeding sweet feed to my horses. I've been reading 1 to 2 pounds per 100 pounds. So Im feeding my horses 3 to 3 1/2 pounds twice a day. Does that sound about right? The new horse I just got today is really underweight. I got him for free. They say he is underweight because they basically don't use him for rodeos anymore so he gets no attention and all the other horses at his food. Well we bought some beet pulp because I have been told its good to put some weight on a horse. I got the shredded beat pulp not the pellets.
How much of that should I be giving him? He is a Senior horse so I do have the senior feed as well as the beat pulp. The grass isnt very green anymore so I have to take them out of their pasture and let them eat for 30 minutes in my yard where it is green. We have an area behind our house that is VERY green and thick. We will be fencing that in soon. Any suggestions would be greatly appreicated. The horse that is underweight is over 20 yrs old and around 14.2 hands. Can't be no more than 800 pounds at the very most. You can see his bones in his ribcage and hip/butt area.