Suggestions for Feeding a Young Horse
I have recently acquired a 2-year-old (coming 3 in 2015) Arabian colt. While this is not the first time I've had an Arabian at this age, it is the first time I've had this kind of situation. While he certainly doesn't look bad, he definitely needs some more groceries. While he isn't necessarily "thin", he looks like he could use some proper weight and nutrition.
He stands roughly 14.3hh right now, though I honestly think he might be a tad smaller than that. His parents are a good size, so I think he should shoot up a couple more inches. His owner told me that since nobody has done a whole lot with him, he's never been fed to get the growth that is usually seen with young halter horses. I'm not at all opposed to letting them grow up and be babies, that's what I did with my first youngster, Echo (who I got at 18 months and is now 5), and he's doing splendidly. I just want some recommendations for feeds that might do him some good for the first couple of months that I have him to encourage growth and good nutrition.
He'll be in a large pasture with adequate grass with 2 other geldings, and be getting fed alfalfa hay. I'm checking to see what you all think I should add (if anything) to make sure he gets all of the nutrition he needs during his critical early years.