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        09-28-2008, 03:13 PM
    I'd plan on 1 bale lasting 1 1/2 to 2 days. I recommend feeding more on cold days.

    As for the board fee, it's not unfair. Some boarding facilities have a "board" fee then a "feed" fee.. sounds like this guy gave Brandon warning that there's a "feed" fee on top of the board.
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        09-28-2008, 03:28 PM
    That price doesnt seem out of line to me. If your paying $175 for pasture board and then $5 a bale when she needs extra. We are paying $4.50 a bale this year for brome. 5 bucks with them tossing it to her isn't out of line. I know I'm not far from you Brandon, so the prices should be about the same for hay in your area.
        09-28-2008, 10:48 PM
    My 1000 lb 8yr old eats a bale a day, plus nominal grain. My 1000 lb 5 yr old eats about 1 1/3 bales a day, plus about 6 cups grain. They are on free choice, free shelter and have enough grass for snacking on, but this time of year they are getting ready for winter here. I have always counted a bale a day 365 days for each horse I've had -- which allows for less in the summer and more in the fall and winter. My 5yr old is just a growing pig! :)
        09-28-2008, 11:23 PM
    My quarter horse and minis would eat a full bale every 3 days or so and that's being generous.

    The kind of horse she is will affect much she needs for hay. The weather in your area, and what type of exercise regiment she will be on all winter.
        09-29-2008, 09:50 AM
    It really depends on how much the bales weigh and how much she needs to maintain her weight. My horse will eat a 50 lb bail of grass hay in 4.25 feedings (if tht makes sense) but she also gets a few lbs of grain a feeding on top of that. She is at a very healthy weight too. What type of hay is it? Grass/alfalfa...etc. I don't like alfalfa hay...way too rich.but that is just my thoughts

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