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post #1 of 16 Old 12-05-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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alfalfa pellets, any idea how many lbs in a scoop

I just bought a bag of alfalfa pellets for my horse, but i don't have a scale yet to weigh them, I have 2 horses who need a little extra weight, one is a 14.2hh arab/quarter gelding, he is in his mid 30s and weighs about 800lbs, and my OTTB mare who is 16hh and weighs about 1000lbs...I have a 3QT scoop, does anyone know about how much i need to feed them? Thanks
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-06-2010, 12:37 PM
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When I have weighed mine, a 3 qt scoop held about 3 lbs. I'd start with 1 scoop per-feeding and see how they do with that.
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Since different feeds will be different weigh by volume, you can't accurately measure by assuming a 3lb scoop will be 3lb of a particular feed. Without the use of a scale in the barn, an alternative will be to use a household scale (either take the feed and scoop home or bring the scale to the barn).

Get on the scale yourself holding the empty scoop then add feed until your weight goes up by the amount you want to feed. Mark the scoop and that will get you close enough at each feeding for that particular feed.

I've been feeding by weight for over 20 years and it's the only way to go. This is my set up:

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I can't remember the brand name, i got it from tractor supply for 9.99 i think, anyway, i ordered a scale but just wanted to get an idea on where to start them at with it, believe it or not, i don't own a scale lol, i have the wii fit so if i'm ever brave enough to weigh myself i use that
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Iride - your set up for your scale is similar to mine. I got my scale at Walmart for $5 in the fishing department. Your's has a larger face and is much easier to read. Still, mine gets the job done.

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Thanks dee - see? Size doesn't matter. I paid $1 or $2 for mine at a garage sale over 20 years ago and it is still working fine (I double check it from time to time).

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aprox 3cups per lb

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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I didn't even think about checking the fishing section at walmart, i looked in the kitchen and could only find one that went up to 7lbs, so that wouldn't work lol...anyway the hay pellets are standlee brand Standlee Hay Alfalfa Hay Pellets - 5121762 | Tractor Supply Company if that helps all...
i do have another question if anyone knows, with the beetpulp pellets do you have to soak them for 24hrs as well? I've stayed away from beetpulp because i can't soak it for that long
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You do not have to soak beet pulp at all.

Here is a good article on beet pulp.

If you are the soaking type, pellets do take longer than shreds. But no where near 24 hours.

When I have forgotten to soak ahead of time I put hot water in them and while I am cleaning two stalls and getting hay together they have soaked up quite nicely.

Normally I simply put water in the meal before and they soak the 12 hours until the next meal.
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You do not have to soak beet pulp at all.

Here is a good article on beet pulp.

If you are the soaking type, pellets do take longer than shreds. But no where near 24 hours.

When I have forgotten to soak ahead of time I put hot water in them and while I am cleaning two stalls and getting hay together they have soaked up quite nicely.

Normally I simply put water in the meal before and they soak the 12 hours until the next meal.
Thank you for the info, but my gelding is missing all but 4 of his bottom molars so he needs his food well soaked, how long should i soak the pellets for vs the shredded? Thanks again!
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