Rescued a 17 y/o neglected mustang/draft gelding who was just on just a flake of bermuda twice a day and whatever alfalfa scraps his previous feeder threw him. I got him in shape, exercising and on bermuda AM and alfalfa PM. Then I found out he had hind gut ulcers. He has consistent loose stools and we did an ulcer test, The vet (I have since switched) at the time recommended getting him off of rough long stem forage and giving him the ability to eat and digest as he pleases to help heal the ulcers. So we switched him to free choice (24hours) orchard grass in a slow feeder and 5 lbs soaked alfalfa/timothy cubes in PM with one scoop succeed powder supplement, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp flaxseed oil blend on top of soaked cubes. He is eating a lot and keeping weight well, but still has regular diarrhea. The vet that just floated his teeth, liked his current diet and ran the same ulcer test and it came back negative - assuming they healed! Since he still has loose stools, a symptom I assumed was the ulcers, she said sometimes alfalfa causes diarrhea.
We are now weening him off of alfalfa to do a controlled test to see if that is what is causing it. My question is, finally, if I feed him soaked cubes or pellets at night with supplements, what would be the best type to compliment the orchard he eats all day? I am not well versed in hay nutrition and finding a lot of contradicting information online. I am open to changing his free choice hay to something else with less sugar (timothy?) but not sure what would be the best balance of protein, sugar, etc if we decide to keep him off of alfalfa.
I would appreciate all suggestions!! Thank you!