Everyone tells me I'm doing something wrong--either too much this and not enough that, etc.
Sherwin's gained too much weight and I need to level things out while still feeding him enough. He was very ribby when I got him. He's gained mostly in his belly but he does have more muscle too...just not where he *really* needs it. The consensus is that light riding is the only thing that can help his top line.
Anyway, the BM suggested half alfalfa and half bermuda, which we've been doing since he got here a month ago (after a few days on all alfalfa).
The latest vet said to take him off bermuda as he's more likely to colic on it since it can compact more inside of him than alfalfa (trainer and BM and others I've shared this with have shaken their heads).
Vet also said he was too heavy but then told me to put him back on full alfalfa and that the amount of Equine Sr. + peet pulp, etc. I've been doing is "fine."
So basically he gets four flakes of hay...no scale down there so no way to weigh it now. Was half alf. And half berm. But now all alfalfa. The flakes vary a lot in size and density which I'm sure you all would suspect. I might be able to buy a scale but then I'd still have no way of weighing it unless I asked them to set it aside for him. And he'd be ticked if he didn't get it at the same time as the other horses! LOL
Then on top of that I've been giving him (divided into two feedings) 8 pounds of Equine Sr. 2 pounds beet pulp (soaked but weighed before soaking, no molasses), Horse Manna Vitality (vitamin supplement), Sho-Flex (joint supplement), Omega Horseshine (flax supplement), 1 tbs. Himalayan salt and 2 cups a day of corn oil.
I ran out of corn oil and switched to coconut...and cut it back to one cup per day after I was told he was really getting a belly.
Last thing I wanna do is put too much weight on him!
His coat is nice and shiny though after being soooo dry...his hooves look so much better too. He just looks beautiful but a little too fat, mostly lower belly. His ribs aren't all that hard to find. He's been wormed with two different wormers since I got him...so everyone thinks it's actually excess weight and not from worms.
Anyhow, to get to the point...I really need some insight on how much to feed him? If I stick to the four mystery weight flakes of alfalfa per day, then how much Equine Sr. And beet pulp does he need?
I also have rice bran pellets that I would like to switch to when I run out of beet pulp. And Lakin Lites (alfalfa/bermuda with molasses and some vitamins/minerals).
I got the Lakin Lites with the intent to soak them to help increase his forage because FeedXL is screaming "not enough forage" even with the hay and Sr. Listed.
I went into the feed store to get hay pellets or cubes and came out with the Lakin Lites. His old owner said he liked those but I probably should have stuck with plain hay cubes but there were sooo many kinds I couldn't decide!
But he does waste a lot of his hay. And his teeth badly need done.**
I've pondered cutting the hay and doing soaked cubes instead or just providing the hay between meals to keep him busy.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
**The equine dentist I really want to use is out of town, the vet I called out to float his teeth said he wasn't worth keeping and left without doing anything, the latest vet is focused on treating his current health ills first before giving me an estimate.