Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I would ditch the sweet feed - that stuff is garbage IMO. There is no nutritional value given in that feed, it's like giving your children coco puffs for their meals....
I would definately up the senior feed, my 22 year old gets fed 4 to 5lbs of feed, 3x a day. I would also add Beat Pulp, or Rice Bran.
What senior feed are you giving? If you can get access to Tripple Crown Senior, that is your best bet. That has everything in it, beat pulp, rice bran, all needed vits and mins. When I had my fellow on T.C.S he was getting 5lbs per feeding.
I think the introduction of Round Bales is fabulous! Horses digestive systems require consistant roughage. Their digestive system needs that rougage to run smoothly and "up to par". Without that consistancy, troubles start to arise - stress, ulcers, weight loss, etc, etc.
My fellow is not only out in a pasture *but the pasture offers no nutritional value anymore due to time of year* and round bales. He is turned out 24/7 and has his face stuffed in those bales constantly. He also gets brought in 3x a day to eat his feed and supplements.
He went from a 48" girth, to a 54" girth.
Of course, ensure teeth are up to par, and there are no other health issues going on.
If your horse isn't gaining weight after these changes, I would look into a digestive aid supplement like SmartDigest Ultra from SmartPak.