My name is Mary. I'm new here and have recently gotten back into horse ownership (only the second time around for me). I have fallen in love with a Belgian mare named Fancy. She's about 17.2+ and needs to put on a little bit of weight. She hasn't been grained in a few years, so I will have to gradually get her back on it. She is at about 1800 lbs right now, and her top needs to be filled out a little. I plan on getting her into shape. I have a few questions, since she is so large and I'm not a Belgian expert I would like to know how much to feed her. She will be in pasture with hay. I have Purina Strategy and rolled oats purchased, but I'm having a hard time finding how much oats to feed in conjunction to the pellets. (She should be getting to her pasture on Sunday). How much grain should I be working up to? Strategy states not to use less than .35lbs per 100lb of horse a day. If I did this I should be feeding about 6.5+ lbs minimum, but if I fed it with the oats should I adjust the amount lower or just add it on since I'm trying to get a little weight on her?
Thank you in advance!