Originally Posted by travlingypsy
OH! Thank you, a great big help! lol Ok here is another question... I know that the more a horse works the more grains they need, the less work the less grain, so basicly that goes for the more larger/draft breeds? ..........
Im just trying to get some understanding on the whole grain bit.
There is no way to tell you how much to feed an individual horse regardless of size. As an example, two of my horses are about the same size and weight and both are turned out 24/7 on pasture. I grain both of them twice per day. The mare gets 1/2 lb of 10% protein and the gelding gets 1 1/2 lb of the same feed. I ride both but the gelding is worked a good deal more and needs the extra feed to maintain. I tailor my feeding to the horse and it's work load and monitor his weight and muscle adjusting their feed accordingly.
When I get a new horse I'll ask how much feed and what kind; I'll also want to know how much work they have been getting then, looking at the horse, make an educated guess where to start with my feeding. After a few weeks I can make an assessment of the horse and make my adjustments.