10-19-2010, 03:11 AM
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Actually depending on the size of his overgrazed pasture, I might give him some hay during the day too, and I would certainly give him more than one biscuit over night if he's locked up. Regardless of weight, it's not healthy for horses to go hungry for many hours at a time.
BUT if you put his hay in small holed haynets, or some other form of 'slow feeder' where he has to work at getting it out & can't gorge, that will help ensure he doesn't get too much. You could also replace some of the ration with straw or such, which is lower in energy, or soak the hay beforehand to leach out some of the sugar.
I wouldn't be feeding him 'hard feed' at all as a rule, especially not grain or otherwise starchy or sugary feed, except as you may need to in order to supplement him for good well balanced nutrition. You can get sugar & grain free 'ration balancers' for eg.