Need feed ideas/help
I have looked through some old threads, but have not really seen my question answered, so thought I would go ahead and start a new one. I have a 3 year old mare, appendix qh, that needs to gain a little weight. Not a lot, but some as she is in one of her growing spurts and is getting a little thin over the top line. She is boarded out, and it's not the easiest thing in the world to change how they do things over there. Right now she is being fed twice daily with pelleted grain and grass hay, while being kept in the stall. They are on a weird feeding schedule, at 5am and 3pm. I ride in the evening, and can add in an extra feed after I am done. Currently, I think she receives more grain than hay in the ratio, and when I add in more feed, I think it needs to be based on forage.
When she went through a growth spurt the end of her two year old year, I put her a little extra oil, but she had 3 colic episodes in 3 months. Took her off, put her on an ulcer supplement, and all problems went away. She is still on an ulcer supplement, and her attitude toward work and life in general is 10 x better than it was when we were having problems last year. At the end of the colic spell I tried her on soaked alfalfa cubes, which she loved, but soaking them and breaking them apart was a pain for me. I can do this again, but if there is a better method I am all for it.
Right now, I am looking at either alfalfa cubes, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, or that TNT timmothy alfalfa hay mixture. Anything I soak would need to be done soaking in about an hour, the amount of time it takes me to ride. There seems to be a blister beetle problem in my area with local alfalfa and most people avoid using any local alfalfa for this reason. I am already paying extra to have some extra grass hay fed to my mare at the barn, but the price seems a little out of place to me. I am currently adding another flake of grass hay every night from my own small supply I have to take to shows, but I can't do very much with this as I just don't have a place to store a large amount of hay. Thanks in advance for any ideas you guys have.