Okay. So, my barn owner and I are kind of going back and forth about feed for my horse this winter. We went through a bag of Strategy in nine days. The guy at the feed store told us that averaged 7lbs a day or 3.5lbs per feeding. Now, to me that seemed like a lot, but granted I have never owned my own horse before. I did feed at a boarding barn though. None of the horses were underweight, and the only horse that got over 2lbs of feed was a percheron cross who was in heavy training all the time.
Now, the difference was, those horses were fed oats, not Strat. like my horse. What is the difference nutrients wise?
My horse is approx. 16.2 and a saddlebred cross. I have not had a chance to weight tape him, but will as soon as I can. He is VERY edgy, so burns a lot of energy being... on edge. haha! We have been feeding him 1scp (normal quart scoop) of strat per feeding with 2 generous flakes of hay per feeding. He has already filled out considerably since I got him a month ago. He is not in heavy work either. Barely any actually!
I firmly believe, and have been told by numerous people, that hay is really what keeps weight on horses, so if you up anything in the winter, it should be hay.
I feel like I am going through more feed than is necessary since he is not being worked. I would just like some more educated opinions on what I should feed him. His hay is a great grass/alfalfa mix that I LOVE. (he does too! hah) I hope to be able to get some imput from a few vets and other knowledgeable horse people I know, but I would like to have as many opinions as possible!
I am sorry about the novel I just wrote...
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and reply!! I really appreciate it!