Originally Posted by indiabillings14 View Post
doesn't get stabled is rugged up with a Wollon, doona and 250 1200D rug as he is a cold horse that feels the cold very easily. I'm just nervous that if I fed to much he may colic.
Firstly, curious why you were considering 'Biomare' specifically, if he's a he, too? And yes, if you feed too much *rich, sugary* feed, esp if too large &/or infrequent meals, this is a colic risk. Feeding grass, hay & other high fibre forage type(like beet pulp) is not really a problem there. And if he's 'fussy', it is very possible it's due to bad teeth, ulcers or such.
He has THREE rugs on now?? What are you going to put on him when it gets to winter?? Not that we Australians really understand what cold is, relative to other places. And horses are... horses - built to be out in the open, with a hair coat... So horses rarely NEED rugs in Aus.
Rugs, particularly heavy ones(esp multiple layers), esp if on full time, can *inhibit* a horse's ability to regulate their own temperature naturally. They cause the muscles under the skin to atrophy, they prevent good hair growth, and on warmer days(& even cold days, if too much) they can act as a 'sauna suit', making horses too hot(which can cause weightloss too).
So saying, if he had been kept in a warm stable until now, come from up north, or has been rugged long term(so likely has little winter coat & muscles under skin aren't good) & is not acclimatised to cold, if he's been clipped, has a particularly fine coat, cannot exercise for some reason, is old & sick... the horse may well benefit from being rugged. But it should be kept to a minimum, the lightest(weight-wise at least) rug possible, and it should be taken off on warmer days, and regularly otherwise.
Meaning, by all means, rug your horse if you see fit, but do educate yourself about the pros & cons, the factors & effects first, so you can make an informed decision on whether/how to do it for the best.