Thus on to my questions!
Does any one have experience using hay cubes or chopped hay as a sole source of fiber?
I have no idea how much he should be getting daily.
I realize the senior food can be fed as a sole source of nutrition, but I would prefer to add some hay.
I just am unsure how much, and I'm a bit concerned that the chopped hay may need to be wetted too.
Any advice??? Guidelines??? The hay bags had zero feeding instructions on them.
Superman has his grazers, but very little grinding surface left in the back. He gets this, 2xs daily, per vet:
Purina Sr. Feed, topped with rice bran, a senior compound supplement (Just 1x daily for the supplement), and a flatback bucket of soaked alfalfa cubes (We find the Standlee brand soften up faster than Dumore). He can and does still work down the very fine grade alfalfa pellets. Hay and grass are just busy work for him now, but he can and does okay with grass but not enough to maintain weight. Hay is an absolute no go anymore. Salt block and loose mineral are free choice at all times. We keep a 33 lb horse formula protein bucket out at all times as well, and it really helps him keep his weight on.
I can't tell you the exact amounts we feed him - the flatback is 3/4 full of the alfalfa once the water is absorbed. The sr feed is usually 1/3 or a little more of a flatback, topped with a 17 oz plastic drinking glass we use a scoop's worth of rice bran, or two, with each feeding depending on the weather and his activity level.
He has energy, and he's always up for a spirited ride, being fed all that. It's not cheap, in fact, he's incredibly expensive to feed compared to our younger horses... but he's also worth every penny of it.