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        01-03-2010, 10:38 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Oh no I understand that. But there is nobody home all day to give free choice, not to mention with the way hay bales are priced it's just not economical right now. The horses are on my grandmothers property, and she feeds at 7am, turns them out with their hay, goes to work and doesn't come home form work until 5:30, and she feeds at 6:30 again. And I live a good half hour away from there, so driving out there more than 2-3 times a week kills my gas budget(My car gets like, 7 MPG, grrrrrr).
         
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        01-03-2010, 10:47 PM
      #22
    Trained
    Just because you go no grain desn't mean you have to do free choice hay - It's definitely possible to just replace the grain or sweet feed with alternatives that still supply energy and protein etc. That is all I did - Unless we go away my horses don't get hay at all - They are out on pasture. When we feed they get one feed daily of speedi-beet, copra and white chaff.
         
        01-03-2010, 10:54 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    We also don't have any pasture. And it's the middle of winter, so they need hay. Beet pulp is super expensive(like, $20-$30 per bag), and I have no idea what the other stuff costs, I've never used it.
         
        01-03-2010, 11:47 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kassierae    
    Oh no I understand that. But there is nobody home all day to give free choice, not to mention with the way hay bales are priced it's just not economical right now. The horses are on my grandmothers property, and she feeds at 7am, turns them out with their hay, goes to work and doesn't come home form work until 5:30, and she feeds at 6:30 again. And I live a good half hour away from there, so driving out there more than 2-3 times a week kills my gas budget(My car gets like, 7 MPG, grrrrrr).
    No one has to be home. We leave out round bales. It's very simple, and I only have to put hay out once a week! I don't stall my horses, except during feeding time (for their hay pellets) or if they're sick or injured.

    Their wooly winter coats are even glossy with our current diet, and they weren't before on regular grain/feed.

    Hay pellets around here run $13 for a 50 lb bag. About the same, or a tad more, than a "premium" horse feed.
         
        01-03-2010, 11:58 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    We don't have the room nor the expenses for roundbales. Around here they cost upwards of $100. Plus I would rather not fiddle with what they are used to in the middle of winter. Not to mention I just recently lost my job, due to the business shutting down and I most certainly cannot afford to risk a colic. My guys are happy, healthy, fat and shiny the way they are. No reason to change it or mess with it. :)
         
        01-04-2010, 11:35 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    This is soo helpful. I want to switch my horse off sweet feed and onto something more nutritious so he doesnt need 4lbs per sitting O.O I wanna get him down a bit. He's a very easy keeper so its basically down to what to switch him over to.
         
        01-04-2010, 02:11 PM
      #27
    Foal
    My guy is an 8 yr. Old Percheron/TB cross weighing in at approx. 1,150 lbs. I consider him an easy keeper.

    AM Feeding: 1.5 pounds of Purina Strategy

    PM Feeding: 1.5 pounds of Purina Strategy, Mega-Cell supplement, Grand Hoof pellet supplement and Strongid C.

    Free choice timothy mix hay, salt lick and water.
         
        01-04-2010, 05:26 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    I'm def going to look up some of the purina and triple crown brands
         

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