Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
Not really, first look anyways, but he could stand to lose weight. Did I mention slowfeeder net?
Since he's not getting grain, all you can cut is roughage. But he's on ulcer guard, so he needs to munch constantly. The slowfeeder would help a lot with both, keep him munching, but less overall. You could then reduce the timothy pellets, have him eat less calories but still eating all the time.
If he has trouble with his metabolism, even the hay could be too sugary for him. Instead of 5lbs timothy pellets give him 2 lbs alfalfa pellets or even less....lowers overall NSC and calories(it's much less)
I'd even go so far as putting him on Remission or Quiessence until he's down with weight.
You did mention the slow feeder. I've been putting money aside for that, but I'm also sort of caught in between as I am also trying to get a poultice for him. I would think that preventing future health issues should be a priority, so I'll work on getting a Nibble Net ASAP (I believe that he won't destroy that one!).
He hasn't ever had trouble with his metabolism... It may have slowed down, but he's always eaten a LOT of feed, because he loses weight very quickly when he is in work. He was dropped very abruptly this time, though, and he did gain quite a bit of weight very quickly.
I can easily reduce the Timothy hay pellets; I really only need enough pelleted mixture to mix his supplements in. I've taken him 100% off of alfalfa to avoid extra energy, as that has been a huge obstacle for us.
My trainer feeds her horses Remission, and I was actually thinking about starting Mudpie on it! It does seem like a good idea! I'll also check out Quisessence, and see which might be best for him! :)