I'm losing sleep over this and since it's 12am and I'm on information overload and still haven't found an answer, I'll ask you fine people :)
I have a QH gelding.. Unsure of exact age but in his upper teens/early 20's. I had him for 5 years until I sold him 6 years ago and recently bought him again.
I'll be moving him to his new home this coming Sunday (Sept 30th) which is a self care, pasture board facility (they have stalls and if one becomes available, I'm going to snatch it up, mostly for use in the winter months/inclement weather so his diet will obviously change then). I had him at a similar facility years ago and always fed grain (Omelene 100) twice a day with Timothy/Alfalfa hay in the winter.
The seller is currently feeding him a scoop of pelleted feed in the evenings with an occasional round bale shared between him and another horse. He is in the pasture 24/7 which is very lush.
My concern is that he looks a little overweight. I'm sure once I start working him he'll lose a little of the pudge but I don't want to count on that since I don't even have tack for him yet and I don't work him hard.. Mostly trail riding.
The feeding plan I have come up with (OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS) is to keep him on his one scoop of feed in the evenings, slowly switching him to Omelene 100 (I've had great results with it in the past) until winter when I will up the grain to once in the AM and once in the PM and supplement hay.
Here are my insecurities:
a) I don't know what type of hay or how much I should be giving him now. I've read a lot of articles and still don't know what would be best for MY horse.
b) I've always been under the impression that feeding grain once a day is 'bad'. I've always fed twice per day, even if it wasn't much.
c) Should I be feeding him any type of supplements due to his age? I'm mainly thinking of joint supplements. Is it better to feed them as a preventative measure against joint deterioration or are they more for treating joint problems once they occur? I don't want to complicate his diet unless I need to but I am a very firm believer in taking preventative measures.
I've been out of the horse world for such a long time now that I'm insecure about my old feeding plans. I suppose you could call me a worrier but I really just want what's best for Stormy so I feel better asking a group of knowledgeable/up to date people than wondering if I've got it right.
I apologize if this is thread hard to understand.. I've got a lot on my mind and it can be difficult not to ramble ;)
Here are a couple of pictures of my boy.. Just for the weight reference.
This is the most 'forward' facing shot I have but when you're looking at him head on, his belly looks a lot larger.. That is my mom loving on her 'grandson' 2012-09-23 13.46.49.jpg 2012-09-23 10.45.43.jpg