I'm the proud new owner of an 18yo paint quarter horse gelding. The vet who looked him over feels he's in good general health but needs to gain a minimum of 50 pounds and needs to build muscle along his top line. He hasn't been ridden very often (less than once a month from what I can gather) the past couple years and had been grazing in a small pasture or penned.
He was on Lakin Lites and 1-2 flakes of alfalfa plus whatever he grazed (which looked like bermuda and misc. weeds) and a friend of mine suggested Equine Senior while another suggested that plus 1/4c of corn oil to each feeding, plus some extra beet pulp. Another friend recommended adding extra Amplify.
Our barn is feeding him 2x alfalfa 2x per day and I'm adding the pellets/supplements twice a day. I picked up he Equine Sr. and the Vitality Supplement from Horse-Manna.
I'm really lost on how much pellet to feed him. Vet estimates him at 980 and wants the 50+ weight gain. The feeding chart for the Equine Sr. assumes no hay is being fed, so I'm not sure how much to feed after that 4 flakes of hay (he doesn't really eat all the hay, either).
I haven't had a horse in over 20 years and back then we fed oat hay, alfalfa and oats pretty much...never was aware of pellets. We used the oats to fatten up skinny ones back then. ;)
The vet also mentioned that he probably won't be quite so laid-back once he's being fed well. This seemed to irritate his former owner because I think she felt she WAS feeding him well...but I've noticed he's been quite a bit more, er, frisky since I started feeding him pellets a few days ago. He's testing me and I think I'm keeping him in his place, but I haven't ridden him yet due to his boniness.
I'd appreciate any input!