I'm new here, and I'm trying to learn how I can help my elderly wether get through this winter. He's usually done pretty well, but I notice he is struggling a bit this year as winter sets in. A brief background on "Hershey". I got him from a rescue farm about ten years ago, and he was fully grown then, so I'm guessing he's into his teens. He's showing some grey on his coat, but was in good condition through the fall. However since the cold weather (Wisconsin- very cold!) he has been showing a limp intermittently. He doesn't founder, but it looks like his feet hurt! :sigh: He's always had special needs with his hooves, as I think he might have foundered before rescue, but it's usually been managable. He used to bloat often when I first got him, but hasn't had trouble with that for many years. He seems to have done fine with the diet I've given him. He does have one hoof that I can no longer get in level trim, and I'm sure that bothers his leg. I've steeped up his trimming schedule to try and keep on top of that issue. What I'm concerned about though is that since the limp is much worse at some times than others is that his feed might be agrievating his problem. I've always given the goats corn or something sweet when the weather is very cold for energy to burn. This year I'm backing off that though, and am just giving a little bit of an oat mix as a treat. But if I need to back off completely now would be a good time as they have just started their winter diet. Also, could the timothy hay I give them be too rich? It's really good stuff this year, better than they have sometimes had for winter. The problem got worse just as they went on the hay from pasture.