Another feed thread, sorry guys!
Sorry to start another thread, searched through the forums, but was hoping for a little more specific advice.
I have a rising 3 year old holsteiner, very lightly started over the summer, getting the winter off to grow up some more. She was at a good weight while the pasture grass was in, but turned into a skeleton almost overnight when winter hit. She also has been growing like a weed.
Started on sweet feed, but I thought she was getting ulcery, so I switched to TC Senior. Vet has seen her, we did do blood work and fecals, both were fine. I wormed for tapes in case. Teeth were done not that long ago. Currently getting 5 lbs TC Senior AM + PM, 2 flakes of oat/timothy, AM, PM + late at night. Not great quality hay, but I guess our barn was lucky to get hay for the winter. Turned out 9-10 hours a day with round bale, in at night. Also is blanketed. Am thinking she needs more/different forage, but the barn doesn't have the hay for it.
This all being said, should I start feeding alfalfa pellets? I'd be more apt to buy cubes, but the barn doesn't seem to keen on soaking. I was hoping the hay she's getting now was enough roughage, the flakes and round bale are quite stemmy. I am also going to do a round of omeprazole for a month and see what happens. Anything else I should do?
My other horse is 20 yo arab and is obese for the first time in his life. He has RAO, currently well controlled with meds. He has been getting extremely flighty and crabby. He has always been a spaz in the winter, but never straight up cranky. Is he also getting ulcers? He has always sort of picked at his hay. Also concerned that he might have something metabolic going on, always had to struggle to put weight on him due to his respiratory issues.
Did I also mention they both crib? As you can see, I own the two PITAs in the barn.
Thanks in advance!