I consulted with an equine nutritionist recently. My gelding isn’t in dire straits at all, but he’s a relatively hard keeper.
She suggested some very big changes to his diet. He already gets free choice hay (and is out on grass all night), and that – of course – wouldn’t change.
He’s currently eating 2 lbs equine senior and 1 lb ration balancer for breakfast and dinner. She suggested taking him off these altogether, and replacing them with soaked timothy pellets – creating an almost entirely forage-based diet (I say “almost” because there are some vitamin supplements and fat supplements she also recommended).
This feels extreme to me. I’m scared to even try it. Take a hard keeper off grain entirely? I would love the input of anyone experienced in this regard.
ETA: the reason she doesn’t like commercial grain per se is because it contains known inflammatory agents like soy, molasses, corn, wheat, etc. Also, it spikes blood sugar, whereas we want blood sugar to be stabilized.