11-08-2013, 06:59 PM
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Agree with the above, but one thing I find is common & often overlooked is that horses are 'lazy' because of physical problems, such as sore feet, saddle pain, body issues. And commonly horses are lazy because of *too much* food, which may also be the reason for hoof pain.
I would not be inclined to feed a pony (who tend to need a lot less than a horse, proportionally) - on clover. It's usually quite high in sugar/carbs & lower than other hay/alfalfa in fibre. If the pony needs more 'condition' then I'd tend to head for alfalfa or beet pulp. If the pony is in hard physical work, this may be needed to keep him in good condition, but I'd not pre-empt that but wait until a horse was losing weight before feeding extra - overweight/overfed causes way more probs than light-on horses.
If the horse is on purely grass, then nutritional balance is likely to be a problem, which may effect energy, but you need to have an idea(or know, by analysis) what's in the grass, before knowing what the best nutritional supp would be to add. A low dose, quality ration balancer, or powdered supp in literally a handful of feed would likely be best if the horse doesn't need extra weight.