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Extra hay, good idea or bad idea?

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    01-23-2012, 02:34 PM
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Green Broke
My horse is on a 60+ acre grass pasture with 11 other horses. Up until Saturday when we finally got our first good snowfall the horses were still grazing on grass. There is a round bail outside but they barely ever touch it, hence it gets moldy quick. But when they do eat it they pick around the mold. In the Am the BO brings square bails out and makes piles for everyone of the horses but when I feed at night I'll throw alot of hay in his stall and depending on If he goes back outside or if it's too cold/crappy out he stays in and I'll throw maybe 5-6 flakes in there. If he goes back out I usually let him eat like 2 flakes then back out he goes.
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    01-23-2012, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
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.
I have two horses with metabolic issues - they get rationed on both grass and hay. The hay is right down to the pound on the hanging barn scale

That being said, I "slightly modify" their rationing on freezing cold nights and on nights when the big storms are coming thru - like last night - tornadoes -- who wulda thunk we'd have tornadoes in January, but they were out there.

But I also get my hay tested, so I know how far I can push the "extra" button where the metabolic horses are concerned

I don't feed rounds for many reasons but to reiterate, I have two metabolic horses who don't need to be eating until their hooves are pointing skyward.

Last week is the first I have thrown hay in the morning that everyone stops and takes a few bites before heading to pasture. We also have had good pasture up until now.

Even at that, my four are only going thru about 20 lbs of flakes daily - there's still enough grass that they're happier in the pasture.
     

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