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post #1 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Extra hay, good idea or bad idea?

Extra hay on freezing nights?
We feed roughly 10 to 12 lbs in the morning and the same at night.
We have been giving him a couple of extra flakes, maybe 5 to 8 lbs more on freezing nights to help keep him chomping and warm.

Good idea or bad?

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post #2 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 03:24 PM
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ALWAYS a good idea. If you're wrong about it your horse(s) will pee all over the leftovers. =D
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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ALWAYS a good idea. If you're wrong about it your horse(s) will pee all over the leftovers. =D
Great!
Thanks for the quick reply!
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 03:32 PM
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Yep, unless there is some medical issue that restricts what your horse eats, then extra hay in the cold is never a bad idea.
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post #5 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, unless there is some medical issue that restricts what your horse eats, then extra hay in the cold is never a bad idea.
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 03:40 PM
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I always feed extra hay on the cold or snowy nights. Mine get between 67 and 80 lbs on a regular day (2 horses, 1400 lbs and 1000 lbs). On snowy or cold nights (like now) they get between 87 and 105 lbs of hay. When it's cold they will clean almost all of it up and it makes me feel good to come out in the morning to warm, happy horses and a flake or maybe two of hay left.
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 04:39 PM
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IMO, there is no such thing as extra hay, I don't believe hay or grass should be rationed. Mine have all they want 24/7. Unless he is working.
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post #8 of 22 Old 01-20-2012, 04:43 PM
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IMO, there is no such thing as extra hay, I don't believe hay or grass should be rationed. Mine have all they want 24/7. Unless he is working.
Maybe you don't have a budget or have to clean up the waste.

Or as in several parts of the country - have a shortage.
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I agree with Joe. Especially, as in my case, my horse is on a dry lot with a stall so he does not have the luxury of grazing on grass during the day. I free feed hay and make sure it is in front of him 24/7. Yes he wastes some and it is a mess to clean up but we just use the left overs around our trees and shrubs ;) I just feel that since horses are grazing animals he needs to be able to go and "graze" anytime during the day or night.
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Ooops, forgot to add. On cold nights where they get a little extra, the leftovers are raked up for them to nibble on and subtracted from what I give them that day.
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