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post #11 of 18 Old 06-04-2013, 10:37 PM
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My barn's contact says something to the extent of providing a once daily grain (Safe Choice) feeding and a round bale of hay when the pastures need supplementing.

I provide my own grain now, and the BO was perfectly fine feeding my horse twice a day. I requested my other horse doesn't get any grain, and the BO was fine by that too.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-05-2013, 12:55 PM
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My barn provides hay and/or pasture 24/7 and will feed 2X daily if extra grain or supliments are required; these extras are paid for by me over and above the regular board
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Thanks, everyone! Very interesting!
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-05-2013, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
"DCA agrees to provide a clean facility and appropriate feed and water required to maintain the animal"

That's all that's in my board contract. I provide grass hay and feed Strategy GX in recommended amounts to keep the horse looking good and having a shiny coat. If that's 20 lbs of hay/day and 7 lbs of Strategy, that's what I provide. If it's 10 lbs hay and 3 lbs Strategy that's what I provide. I buy shavings in bulk and bed each horse down so they're comfortable and that's provided. Each stall has 3/4 inch mats under the shavings as well, provided by the facility.

I'm perfectly willing to feed anything else that the owner provides, but I buy my grass hay in bulk and Strategy by the pallet, so for one horse to get something different, I leave it to the owner to provide what they want.
Have you ever boarded a horse that makes your agreement to feed appropriately, cost prohibitive? I feed where I board and there's everything from an air fern pony who gains weight watching the rest eat to a TB (whose no longer with us) who was fed as much as 4 other horses combined and STILL tried to lose weight. It wasn't an issue when hay was plentiful but with a drought and hay prices quadrupling, I know the BO wasn't in the slightest bit sad when the owner moved to another state.

Around here the norm seems to be that the boarding facility states feed up to "XX flakes" or "XX pounds" of hay and if you have an extremely hard keeper you pay for what you need above those amounts. I question if that is a good way to do things though as I noticed at a boarding facility that fed "up to 6 flakes, 2x per day" that individual requested her allotted 12 flakes per day but would remove 4 of them after the barn hand had gone through tossing hay and haul them away (to sell? to feed another horse? I have no idea...).
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-05-2013, 04:02 PM
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There really is no good way to state EXACTLY how much a horse will be fed on a generic basis. A mini will not need as much as a growing horse. A pasture puff will not need as much as a horse in active competition.

You also cannot go by flakes as one bale might have a one pound flake and another bale a 2.5 pound flake.

Each contract will have to be individualized and amended with the season, age and use changes.
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post #16 of 18 Old 06-06-2013, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by mls View Post
There really is no good way to state EXACTLY how much a horse will be fed on a generic basis. A mini will not need as much as a growing horse. A pasture puff will not need as much as a horse in active competition.

You also cannot go by flakes as one bale might have a one pound flake and another bale a 2.5 pound flake.

Each contract will have to be individualized and amended with the season, age and use changes.
If they really wanted to be specific, it seems like it would be best to do it based on the horse's body weight. Maybe something like up to 2% of the horse's body weight in hay and 1% in hard feed. Most horses would be fine with that amount or less, and for the horses that need more the barn could either charge extra or require the owner to provide it.
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-06-2013, 07:19 PM
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I showed the Boarders exactly what a flake was, wether it was my hay or theirs hay. I feed whatever it takes to keep a horse a healthy.
I stated also that if I found acceptable oat hay, that oat hay at night and alfalfa in the morning. Otherwise it was alfalfa. If any supplements or grain was needed, the owner supplied it, I could put it out, but they had to keep it stocked.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-06-2013, 07:46 PM
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my board agreement says:

FARM agrees to provide the following, in addition to normal and reasonable care and handling to maintain the health and well being of the animal(s).
Stall: ________________ - minimum size stall to be cleaned at least once daily
Turn-Out: ______________ - maximum number of horses per pasture or paddock (turn-out) on a daily basis.
Grain: _______________ - pounds of grain per day fed Two (2) times per day
Feed Type:_______________________ - specify feed type if applicable
Hay: __________________________ - pounds of hay per day fed ________ times per day
Hay Type: __________________________________________________ - specify type if applicable
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