Anybody got any good ideas to put some condition on a horse safely, expediently, and without busting my bankroll balls? Chester has been a hard keeper since we got him, but he needs to be in better condition before we do anything of any circumstance with him. He gets some bloom on him when the pasture is good, but that is not the case now. I've got him on a half bale of mixed hay (approx. 30 - 35 pounds), 4 quarts of concentrate (12% protein, 10% fat), 6 quarts of alfalfa/beet pulp (after soaking), and two cups of oil a day, plus a mineral block. Yes, he has been wormed, vigorously even (with a slug of Probios afterwards just in case). Hair coat is good (nice and shiney, pretty slick too for this time of year), energy level is decent (not hot, not worn out acting for his level of fitness). But to me he looks like crap; it's a major embarassment -- can't have him out in public loooking like this. And right now, he's been on very light to bone idle work -- because it's been cold and because we don't want to work off what weight he does have on him. Yes, his appetite is good. He's blanketed too (not that he's been cooperative with that endeavor). He has a run-in stall. I've racked my brain -- outside of uppping his grain/cube-pulp intake I can't think of anything else to do (can't really up the hay for economic reasons); suppose I could up the oil, but this is getting pretty pricey too. What am I missing? (I don't think I should give him any more wormer). This damn horse is giving me fits.