Huge Feeding Change...Need Help
I got a new horse last week who was eating 3# of sweet feed in the AM and 3# of sweet feed in the PM, plus a few (I don't know how many, but limited amount) flakes of hay.
The place I'm boarding him now has them in the pasture and he has 24/7 access to coastal hay. I have been feeding him 1.5 scoops of grain, but today I weighed it and it turns out to be only 1/3 of the weight of grain he was eating at his old place.
However, since he's eating much more hay and has a bit of grass access too (not much though b/c we live in a rocky area) I wonder how much I should feed him. I'm super confused. (And if I eventually switch to having my barn feed him instead of driving to feed him twice a day, they'll only feed one scoop of grain once per day. For now though that's not an issue b/c I can feed him.)
Another thing is that he wasn't working much at his old home and now I give him 20-40 mins of lunging/riding exercise 6x a week.
And yes, I know sweet feed is bad. I'm sloooowly switching him to a much better feed; for now he's up to 1/3 the new food and 2/3 sweet feed.
One big beautiful Rocky Mountain gelding has stolen my heart.