Im coming to the conclusion that it's easier to have a hard keeper than a super easy keeper....
I found that most low starch feeds are high in fat, which is not what we need. Low fat feeds seem high in starch, again, not what we need. Even the ricebran is high NSC......not as high as grains, but still pretty high.
Im feeding 24oz of strategy healthy edge, omega horseshine, half the recommended dose, and for the evening 4oz alfalfa pellets. All weighed for every meal. The normal keeper, larger, heavier, in perfect weight mare gets also 24oz strategy, but the GX, full ration of omega , the alfalfa pellets and about half a cup if ricebran. She stayed the same weight, which is good. Problem is greaseball. If he was human I'd say he's female and in menopause....packs it all on in the middle. Not really a raingutter on the back, but nice upholstery on the sides between shoulder and croup. Strange, really. A bit if a crest, not much, tho, no puffyness above the eyes, only a slight filled out tailhead. He is really short-backed, tho, maybe if he was longer it wouldn't look so bad....
He is constantly moving, not lazy at all, always up to some playing and crowhopping. Nothing out of the ordinary, so not nervous or highstrung.
He is not a vacuumcleaner type who never stops eating either.
Im beginning to think the oathay is the main problem. It's cut late, has tons of ripe oatseeds in it. Im now shaking it out filling the nets and noticed much less searching on the ground. So technically, they're getting oatstraw and alfalfa with an occasional kernel of oat in it. That might just do the trick
With the IR supplement im trying to get rid of this upholstery and help him NOT becoming IR.
This is why I was asking if it really works.