This is the first year I've had a boarder at our house. I'm used to my horse who just stays the same weight year round pretty much (pasture in summer/grass hay in winter).
The new horse is a 15 y/o TB. Known for dropping weight in the winter. Ridden once every couple weeks. I've also started blanketing him in hopes that it will keep him from expending as many calories on keeping warm. He is partially stalled as well.
1/2 bale of grass mix hay a day = 25-30 lbs depending on the bale (usually closer to 25).
6-7 lbs of sweet feed a day (split into 2 feedings). Slight estimate as I know a 50 lb bag lasts roughly a week.
1 cup of corn oil a day (1/2 cup per feeding) for added calories.
So far he has not dropped any weight and it has been getting very cold here. I can't judge well if he's actually gained since looking at a lanky tb next to my stocky paint will always make him look "thin" to me. Also a bit hard to judge since his butt and topline don't have much muscling.
Does this sound reasonable? It's what his owner said but she was also looking for my guidance at which point I could really only say we'll take it a day at a time and add or subtract as needed.
Posted via Mobile Device