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post #1 of 28 Old 12-20-2012, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Am i Feeding Enough?

I feel so dumb for asking this. I have owned horses for a while now but due to neighbor comments I feel I should ask. Almost everytime I see my neighbor ( who also has horses) she makes a joke about how my horses always look hungry and are drooling at her hay bags next door. She comments on the fact that they wait for me at the gate and she says it's because they are still hungry and want more hay. She isn't the only one who has commented on the way I feed either.
I have three horses, a paint, Arabian, and a newly added Percheron. I feed one bale a day and my bales are 50+ lbs. Also the Percheron gets 4 lbs grain and the other guys get 2 lbs each once a day. My paint is the only one who gets worked (lightly) regularly. Ill attach some photos and you guys can be the judge if I need to kick it up.
I feel like if hay prices weren't so high, I would be feeding more.
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post #2 of 28 Old 12-20-2012, 09:51 AM
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The white one looks like it needs more weight. The hips are sticking out more than they should, nothing terrible though. 50lbs is only about 16lbs per horse per day. Which would be fine if each weighed no more than about 800lbs each.

I would make sure, the draft especially, each horse is getting at least 25lbs per day.

Also what are they getting for grain?
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They are on Purina strategy. My Percheron gets corn oil mixed with hers. I forgot to mention that my hay is 80-20 Timothy-alfalfa. I know she is underweight. The folks I got her from never fed grain and only gave her a few flakes of canary grass daily.
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If she is underweight, then you need to feed her more.

The pictures don't look all that bad; however, this is early in the winter. Horses usually tend to lose weight as the winter progresses. If more hay is not available, you could go with a pelleted ration to supplement her more.

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post #5 of 28 Old 12-20-2012, 10:06 AM
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I don't like strategy due to the very high sugar content. It would be better to switch to a senior feed. Purina makes a good one if you want to stick with that brand. Also for weight gain you need to feed according to the bag instructions for what they should weigh. At least two feedings per day.

You can still up the hay, at least another half bale a day. Hay is cheaper than grain.
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Paint is looking good, the gray needs more.
I would invest in slowfeeder haynets and keep them full free choice. I bet you can drastically cut on the strategy then, if not ditch it all together.
I save about 40% on hay since I got the nets, and have happy horses.
They eat slow, and take breaks too, eat more naturally, like they would on pasture.
I do give a vitamin/mineral supplement, in a handful of soaked alfalfa pellets and a flax supplement for skin and coat.
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IF you can feed this way, put the hay nets outside of the stall so that your horses don't soil their hay, like the TB racehorse grooms do, and what falls out can be swept up and put into the grain bowls. If not, find a corner that you horse doesn't poo or pee and feed the hay there, which is what I do. It's okay for them to lay on their food. =b
Depending on $bale of hay, you could also feed alfalfa cubes bc many manufacturers package them in 50 lb bags, easy to measure. I've supplemented with that in the past. It's hay, so it's good roughage. I wet it to prevent coughing.

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IF you can feed this way, put the hay nets outside of the stall so that your horses don't soil their hay, like the TB racehorse grooms do, and what falls out can be swept up and put into the grain bowls. If not, find a corner that you horse doesn't poo or pee and feed the hay there, which is what I do. It's okay for them to lay on their food. =b
Depending on $bale of hay, you could also feed alfalfa cubes bc many manufacturers package them in 50 lb bags, easy to measure. I've supplemented with that in the past. It's hay, so it's good roughage. I wet it to prevent coughing.
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post #9 of 28 Old 12-20-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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She is on strategy because that is what vet recommended. Around here I would rather grain more than hay. Its not from a money aspect at all, just hay is difficult to find.
Then I have the problem that if I do increase hay for my Percheron, I cannot insure that she will get it all. She is least dominate in the herd and my paint loves to push her off everything. I have multiple bags set up, but still the Percheron takes her time eating. Should I put her in the corral or stall for a few hours so she can eat what she needs?
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Yes I would separate her then to help her get enough hay. If you would rather feed grain please get rid of the sugared up grain. And 4lbs a day will not do anything for weight gain. My little 850lb arab was getting 8lbs of Safechoice per day along with 30lbs of hay to get her up to 850lbs after 2 months. 16lbs of hay per day is bare minimum, they should be getting a little more especially in winter. Buy alfalfa pellets to help supplement if you wish.

The draft if fed Safechoice should be fed at least 10lbs per day. Split into at least two feedings, three preferred.
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