Originally Posted by Lost without horses
Situation is 3flakes of hay, no matter what condition, training and/or age horses is, given only at night. Turned-out daily with round hay bale and lots of other horses. Poor pasture no green and all mud. I am now supplying my own hay in addition to their 3 flakes to ensure my horse has all he wants throughout the night. I also added another bucket of water! This is only day 2 and they have already complained that the left over hay is just a mess in the stall. As if poo and pee are not messy!! Left over hay amount is minimal. So what would you do? If intervention was not done my horse would continue to lose weight!
How was your horse being fed prior to coming to this barn?
Noticeable weight loss after only two days? I would look more towards water consumption for that type of weight loss in such a short period of time.
We have ours on round bales during the day and they receive ONE flake of hay at night. The horses not on round bales receive two flakes (those are hayed 2x per day while in turnout).