Horse eating saplings - is he 'starving' or just bored??
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this... but, I have a 17 year-old Saddlebred gelding that I rescued a year ago. He has put on a lot of weight since then (the vet rated him at a 2 when I got him) and I feel like he is at a good, healthy weight - he has filled out, can't feel ribs... still could use 'weight' on his topline, but I'm sure that muscle will come with work. His neck actually, well, 'jiggles'.
Anyway, this winter he has taken to pushing the fence to try to eat anything along the outside - saplings, the forsithia (sp?), poison ivy. We've had some bad storms which kept me from being able to have the fence turned on. Now, I've got the fence on and he was nibbling on the white pines in the pasture! Is he really that hungry or is he just bored?? Or, is it some sort of behavior caused by being starved before I got him - like he thinks every meal is his last?
He gets fed twice a day - 3lbs of grain, ~15lbs of hay (alfalfa/timothy/grass) each feeding. Is this not enough??