Alrighty so about two months ago I moved from a stables that had a very poor idea about how much the average horse was to be fed, and their idea of healthy weight was bad. =\ At 2 flakes of bad alfalfa a day (Bad as in mixed with a lot of grass and a lack of nutritional goodness) my horse dropped weight considerably, because of his heavier workload. Even with stall rest and a lot of grain wasn't helping. Long story short, before I could arrange to move my horses to another stables that I could afford, they looked like this :
He is a very heavy build horse (not draft thick, but a thicker), that before I brought him to the stables was built like a tank. Now we have been at the new stables for about a month and a half and the horses have been on 4 flakes of healthy alfalfa, strategy and rice bran. They have been gaining the weight back. They now look like this :
Now my question is that I still want more muscle to build up, I want his top line stronger and to fill out in his flank and back where he lost the most muscle at the other stables. But I would also like to get them off of straight alfalfa. The only other option is Teff Hay and the BO swears by it. I know nothing about it. Its supposedly a type of nutritious grass hay. Now while I am still trying to get 50lbs more of each horse should I stick with alfalfa or is it okay to switch to 50/50? They will still get 4 flakes a day and their grain. If knows about it I would love to figure out your experiences with it. My gelding has a bit of a sensitive stomach and gets diarrhea with any hay change. So I just switched them today to a 1alfalfa/1teff in the morning and 2alfalfa at night to start getting him adjusted.
And one more pic of my lovely boy. I can't help but show him off.