New horse- trying to add condition but is he getting hot?
Our new horse is a thoroughbred that the vet wants to gain at least 50kg.
The previous owner was feeding him a flake of hay (I think it was meadow grass) in the morning and a scoop of chaff with some sort of hard feed in the evening.
Over 3 weeks we have increased his feed to 2 flakes of grass hay and one alfalfa per day plus 2 scoops 'old timer' hard feed and 1/2 cup oil plus a hoof supplement. This is all following an equine specialist vet advice.
Due to weather, he hasn't been worked for almost 2 weeks. We've had him for about 6 weeks- before that, he hasn't worked for about 3 years. Very much in paddock condition. DD has ridden him 3-4 times per week after that, and he's as quiet as a lamb.
Today I lunged him and I've never seen him this frisky! All he wanted to do was canter FAST. He didn't threaten me, was controllable etc, but I've never seen him with this much energy! We don't usually lunge him before DD rides him (she wasn't with me today, I lunged him because he's got a big weekend coming up).
The vet told me (over the phone) to change the alfalfa flake to meadow hay and see how he goes, and to lunge him before riding for now. She said we need to balance his need to gain weight with his becoming hot. I don't believe he'd have behaved that way if DD was riding him, but it did concern me!
The vet was very reassuring, but I thought I'd ask for opinions here.
For clarity- since he was last ridden, he has also started on joint support injections, had shoes put on, and been warmly rugged (it's winter here). Also, I know his seller and he is a proven quiet, clam, schoolmaster type.
Is he just feeling great now?
Any words of advice or opinions?