I posted a while ago about my horse’s weight, and the general consensus was that it was a muscling issue more than fat.
So for the past few months, I’ve been giving him a little extra beet pulp after I ride and focusing on fitness in the rides. He has filled out a little more but I still want more topline.
At this point, after a very brief discussion with my vet, she suggested that he may always have issues building muscle due to EPM last year even though he’s recovered.
Her suggestion was to start with more alfalfa. He gets 2lbs of pellets split into feedings already, so I’m thinking of just adding cubes to his beet pulp.
Would that be a horrible idea? Normally I throw a scoop of dry pulp into a 5g bucket, add some electrolytes, and fill the bucket. By the time my ride is over its all soaked. That way he gets plenty of water and electrolytes after a ride too. Would cubes soak fast enough?
If it’s not an awful idea, how on earth do I measure how much to feed? Is a grain scoop accurate for measuring how much to give? I was planning on just adding a lb at first to see if he likes it.
Other thoughts/ideas welcome! I do not have access to bales of anything, only pellets and cubes.