Need Nutritional Advice for My Mare
I admire everyone's knowledge on here, and was wondering if I could get some recommendations as to what my mare needs. I feel like I'm doing a lot of guess work, and I could really use some informed opinions!
History- "Bonita" is 1/2 thoroughbred, and it's harder than the average horse to keep weight on her. She also had mild colic somewhat often growing up.
In her younger days (2yrs-8yrs) would get a big belly, but not get filled out elsewhere. At the time she was just being fed haycubes at the barn she was boarded at.
At 9 years old I moved her and switched her to alfalfa hay. Also that year, she got sick, losts hundreds of pounds (it was horrible), and we never figured out why. Finally the vet just put her on a general antibiotic as a shot in the dark, and it worked.
Since her 9 year old year (she's now 11) I've had her on a weight gain supplement in addition to a digestive support supplement, which I mix into a small amount of grain. She looks the best she's ever been- she's filled out evenly, is a good weight, and hasn't coliced.
Questions: I guess my main question is "now what"? Do I keep her on these supplements for the rest of her life? Or now that she's doing great, do I wean her off and put her on something that is just a general support?
I've also thought about adding hoof support and joint support to her diet, but I don't want to go 'supplement crazy'. I also can't afford every supplement under the sun.
I REALLY want to find out what's best for Bonita, so she can feel her greatest, and so I don't waste money buying stuff she doesn't need and put that money where it's useful for her.
Thank you SO much to anyone who took the time to read this, and your advice will be much appreciated!
[disclaimer- I'm already working with my vet, so please don't just say 'just talk to your vet'. I really would like, and feel I could use, your opinions. My vet isn't always that helpful when it comes to this. Thank you.]