I've recently aquired an ex racehorse. At the stud he was kept at previously after his racing career finished, he was just turned out 24/7 on grass with no hay or feed and appears to have lost a lot of weight and I'm guessing muscle tone too.
Here is a pic of him on the first day I got him just after he was delivered:
I have been feeding him D&H Build Up Mix (3kg) with Pegasus cubes (2kg) as recommened by the vet. He also has 24/7 access currently to grass in his field and this is the most recent picture of him:
I've had him 4 weeks. Just for comparison, this is a picture of him from Google from when he was still racing.
I know the pictures aren't taken at the best angles but just wondered if you thought this was a reasonable weight gain for the period I have had him so far? I'm worried about him not having enough weight on him going into winter as it's already getting cold here in the UK. He is in a lightweight turnout currently and is plenty warm when I go to him in the mornings.
Do you think the feed amount is ok? Or should it be upped or reduced? I know the vet has given me this advice already but I don't see any harm in getting a second opinion and who better to ask than you lot?
Thanks for reading.
EDIT: Forgot to add, he's just, for the last two weeks, been doing light hacking work. 1-2 hours a day once or twice a week.