Originally Posted by cedarane
He got about 1 gallon of feed 2x day at his old farm. Approx 1/2 gallon of all stock 13% pellets (6% fat) and 1/2 gallon of Alfalfa pellets with oil. He was on beet pulp too, which seems like a MASSIVE amount of feed. Her pasture was kind of scrubby (everyones is going to crap since winter is coming in) and she had him stalled for the last few weeks to help put on weight. But he honestly seems happier to be out in a big pasture with his buddies.
Now he's getting hay twice a day, on pasture 25/7, unless I go visit. I have him on 14% protein, 7% fat Safechoice feeds. I am adding Cool Calories 100 to his feed, but we are taking it easy on the feed to avoid colic, etc.
I plan to deworm him ASAP, since his last one was mid September and have the vet look at his teeth and probably float them. Once we get all of that taken care of, we will work on him gaining weight.
He's under the experienced and watchful eyes of my barn managers and her staff, who has been giving us excellent advice. I'm not a massive fan of beet pulp and am trying to find an additional source of calories without it being a big filler.
I'm glad you have your horse settled on a good barn and though I do stable my horses at night or in the day in the summer as part of their management plan I really think that they need access to acreage as much as possible
I agree with Joe re the Cool Calories - its not something I see as a healthy feed supplement as the wrong omega oils - save your money, if you want to add extra fat then add some rice bran. Sugar beet is an excellent feed for horses - avoid the type that has added molasses - its high in fibre and calcium, adds essential moisture content and is a safe slow release energy source so I would stick with it
The biggest cause of colic is horses going for long periods without feed and then getting large amounts in one go. Its why horses out at grass or on ad lib hay are less at risk.
Get that fecal worm count done and a blood test for encysted worms - that will give you a good idea of what you're up against. Its worth the cost
Be nice to see some pics as he improves