I have a gelding that has lost some weight recently. I know that it is spring (or at least it is where I live - we get short summers and long winters), and with spring usually comes some weight loss. In the past few months my gelding's work has increased as well. I am now riding him around 5 times a week (2 of which are lessons, and one is a training ride that my coach does). I believe his recent weight loss is also connected to this. Currently he lives in a private paddock and gets fed hay three times a day (3 flakes each feeding). He doesn't get anything else on top of this other than his salt and mineral block. He has constant access to fresh water as well.
I am considering feeding my gelding alfalfa/timothy hay cubes to help him gain a bit of weight. I don't want to give him too much, just enough to help him put back on a few pounds and get him back to a good weight. Adding more regular hay is not an option in this case. Do you think giving one feeding at the end of the day of a/t cubes will help, and if so how much would you give? He is a 15.3 TB.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.