Alfalfa cubes soaked & senior feed is what I would do, gradually then build up to the amount for the weight you want. This little video helped me understand how to better feed my girl.
You say that you use a wormer that covers tapeworm and bots but are you using one that has Moxidectin as the active ingredient to deal with encysted strongyles? They are the parasites (or stage of that parasite) most likely to cause serious problems with weight and can even result in deathThank you jaydee! She's been on a working schedule since we bought her, which covered bots and tapeworms as well, (once a year for them) we also rotate wormers. She had a complete go over by the vet a few months ago (still piled high with bills :lol and was cleared from nose to tail. She also gets blanketed on cold days + overnight when the temperature drops. I can look into sugar beet. It sucks because our feed store has very limited choice of feeds, but they have started carrying blue seal!
We rotate between an ivermectin wormer and moxidectin throughout the year, so no worries there.You say that you use a wormer that covers tapeworm and bots but are you using one that has Moxidectin as the active ingredient to deal with encysted strongyles? They are the parasites (or stage of that parasite) most likely to cause serious problems with weight and can even result in death
They won't show up on a fecal egg count and can stay encysted for as long as 2 years all the time causing damage
I have had horses that do get 'hot' when fed too much grain or alfalfa and I've had horses that you could feed pretty much anything and it makes no difference. Too much grain can cause digestive disturbances - one of the things that can lead to hind gut ulcers - and its easy to confuse a horse that's agitated because its uncomfortable with one that seems 'hyper' because its got too much energy.
They are a good option but I find beet pulp better for weight building.No one mentioned soaked alfalfa cubes, I'm planning to feed a thin mare (15 years old) morning & night soaked cubes. Any one use them ? or have any feed back about them ? I live in Northern BC and a few told me that's what they do with older horses. PS my mare looks similar to yours.