Hmmmm... Very interesting Bloo. I'm going to check on some things that I've been feeding. I've tried Purina Equine Sr. (which everyone swears by) and had horrible experience. Now I am trying Nutrena Sr. which has not molasses. So... a little history.
Bart came to me an a$$hole! He started out a stallion owned by a young girl who wanted to show. She couldn't handle him, so their vet said you need to geld him. However this girls father really liked the look of the crested neck, and lifted tail... you get my drift. So, the vet (moron) says well we can keep that but make his behavior milder. Right. So they proud cut him at 8 yrs old. The girl still couldn't handle him so they started trying more and more severe bits. You can imagine where that went. The father finally gave up and sold him to my sister in law. She rode him once or twice around the block and then said her knees were so bad she just couldn't anymore. Result: backyard pet for 4 years.
When she heard that I was looking for a horse and what my budget was she need X amount of dollars and the deal was done. I acquired a horse that ruled the roost and was about 150 lbs overweight. I started playing around with bits and as it turned out his mouth was so soft we had to go to a hackamore until we got his weight where it should be, then started all over again. Many falls and broken bones (mine) and somebody told me about bermuda hay. I immediately switched to straight bermuda. No alfalfa, no grain, light colt snaffle bit, better saddle fit, etc. The list of changes was endless. Ok. Move up a couple of years. Turns out the big goober is gaited! Who knew! Still a handful, but I started going to all kinds of clinics and learning stuff. It helped. Turns out he's the best flippin' horse in the world and I love him to death. Ok. Flash forward 20 yrs. He's now about 30 years old. I still ride him, but selectively. I've entered in EXCA and he does well.
Whew! Now my questions. He's just beginning show a little age. In fact people have guessed his age at about 15yrs. I've added a little alfalfa, but that just doesn't seem to be doing what he needs. So, I bought this Nutrena Sr to see what affect it may have on him. I don't like the idea of all that sugar in some of the feeds. Not only is it just not good for them, but he's one of those unfortunate horses that naturally draws flys and sugar ain't helpin'. It's only been about a week, and the weather here has been so crappy that I haven't been able to ride to see how he's feeling. But, the Nutrena Sr. says it has joint supplements in it. So, you say you're using grain. What kind? I can get almost anything, but not being an expert the wide array of choices can be confusing. I actually have about 2 square inches of natural bermuda pasture that he and my mare are allowed on for about 1-1/2 to 2 hrs a day, but that's only this time of year. We have very hard winters so in the fall I need to start building resistance to the cold.
Whew, (breath) is there something else I should try? I prefer to try something new for 3 to 4 weeks but any suggestions at all are appreciated. I have a horrible memory (15 yrs as a stay-at-home-mom) but I do have a little common sense. And, having Bart for almost 20 yrs now I know him pretty well. Ok, my fingers are tired! Again, input? Or am I doing ok for now?