The main reason I add chaff is to slow my horses down and so they have to give everything a good chew, thus producing saliva which is needed in their digestion.
hrm, i haven't thought about it. im so paranoid about sand colic, i figured the sweet chaff to be essential?All the same, I am caucious about feeding her anything that might be ulcer flaring, hence no raw grains, no added salt (the pellets have enough and I give her electrolites), no garlic, and I stopped the sweet chaff as I was concerned that it was the hulls of oats, which are a no no for windsuckers. Do you know if the sweet chaff would be a problem for an ulcer sufferer?
I usually have the opposite issue - keeping weight ON. Currently my gelding is fat and my filly is... acceptable but a little light.
Monty is an Anglo Arab, 17yo, and ridden sporadically... some weeks he's ridden every single day, other weeks he's left in the paddock. At present he's fat on grass but has just started being fed for show condition, and he's getting ~400g oaten chaff and 2-3kg of weanling pellets, plus suppliments, sunflower seeds, and yeast.
Magic is a TB, 2yo and unbroken. She's on ~800g of oaten chaff and 2-3kg of weanling pellets, plus suppliments, sunflower seeds, yeast, and sulfur (sulfur to help her kick rain scald and thrush).
I don't feed a lot of chaff because my horses are in a paddock 24/7 and when there isn't quite so much grass (knee high ALL through our paddocks!) they have free access to a hay roll. I figure they get plenty of roughage as is, and chaff is just chopped up hay, which IS roughage. The pellets are the real "value" feed.
Both my horses have quite high protein requirements, Magic because she's a growing TB and Monty because... well, I don't actually know! All I know is he keeps his muscle and condition much better on very high protein levels. So high protein, high energy feeds like weanling pellets are ideal.
Soon I will be adding alka pellets to Magic's feed to try to improve how she does off what she gets... alka pellets re-establish the proper PH levels of the hindgut and with that comes a higher population of the correct gut flora.
... Their feed is 2% of their bodyweight per day and 75% of that feed is made up of hay and chaff (roughage). Their concentrate portion (25% of the total feed each day) depends on their age and their workload.