First, I should mention I live in the pacific NW...because I know there are certain challenges here with getting proper nutrients, etc.
I am a newbie when it comes to horse feeding/nutrition. My horse is a 10-year-old quarter horse mare. She is a very easy-keeper and is only ridden about three hours a week currently but that will increase this fall/winter. I am learning dressage and do some trail riding. Nothing hard core.
She is turned out daily in a small grazing pasture...and is stalled all night. My boarding stable feeds eastern Oregon hay twice daily and of course will feed whatever supplements/grains you want. That is where I get confused. From my limited knowledge on feeding, I don't believe my horse needs to be on grain. Her weight is perfect right now and she looks good. But I am wondering about vitamin supplements. My horse is fairly new and my old barn supplemented with HorseGuard...but I keep hearing that is not the best choice...and she wasn't there long enough for me to know how well she would progress on that. When I bought her back in May, she was a bit underweight and she looks a lot better now..but I think a lot of that may have been the hay quality improved from what she was on at her old home.
Just need some advice about feeding easy-keepers/lightly ridden horses.
Do they need grain?
Do they need a vitamin supplement?
And if they only get a vitamin, do you have to mix the vitamin supplement with grain or how does that work?
Does she need a salt block?