Need idea how to best feed my horse based on my situation.
This is a new diagnosis, been working with the vets over the last month. Brought him in for scope and BAL. Been trying to manage with netted round bales. After the appointment, vet says get him off the rounds asap. We are starting a new course of inhalers, but need to change his feed if it’s going to make any difference.
Here’s what the troubles are:
- Lives outside 24/7. Cant be inside or it aggravates the asthma.
- live in Canada. It’s frozen outside 8 months a year. Soaking hay won’t work.
- I board. Whatever change it is needs to work for the facility. They are pretty accommodating, thankfully.
- he’s in a new paddock, but has to share it with at least 1 other horse. Has to be suitable for another horses to eat also.
- don’t currently have nets for square bales, but vet specifically said if squares, a solid grate type of net would be needed so they can’t shake the netting. Not even sure where to get one of those or if it would work for the barn staff
- thought of cubes, but the BO won’t allow any of the other horses to eat cubes unsoaked. Don’t have the paddock space for him to live alone fully. Would have to share with a indoor horse for at least the daytime, so cubes would only be ok at night. He’s eaten non soaked cubes before without problem.
- no idea if steamers would work, but they are expensive and would need to be done for a large quantity of hay.
- Other kinds of hay replacements? They have compressed hay for some lamnitic horses, but its pricey and he needs more calories. I’m going to the feed store tomorrow, will ask what options they have.
- History of ulcers, also a hard keeper. Has only maintained weight in the winter when on a round bale. Worried about him going without food for too long.
Right now he’s in a new paddock and I shook out some flakes for him. Barn feeds the squares in round feeders, so cant shake a spread much. Also concerns about wind blowing away hay if it’s spread too much.
I’ve had a tonne of stuff thrown at me today, so there might be an obvious solution I’m overlooking. Anyone have something that worked for you in similar circumstances?