Getting the nutrition he needs? Help
I have a 17 year old ASB that is being fully pasture fed and is being ridden very little. He is still in great shape for riding and has lots of energy, so I am hoping to start riding him at least 2 times a week. At the moment he is living off of grass only. I am not very experienced and he is my first horse so my real question is, is he getting the nutrition he needs? In the winter he does have hay and the pasture he is in is rather large. He has actually gained weight since being moved to this pasture and we took him off the feed he was getting because he was being ridden a lot less and gaining weight like crazy. I don't know if he is getting the nutrients he needs for his age and all. I have noticed his coat is less shiny than when he was on feed and his hooves have been cracking some. I don't know what to feed him, if he needs supplements, how much to feed, if what he is getting is healthy, and how to keep his weight under control. I would greatly appreciate some advice! Thank you!