Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
As got2gallop said, a flake is a section of the bale of hay that sort of falls off naturally. It is very common to refer to the amount of flakes you give a particular horse once you have a feel for it. BUT, I feel it is much better to refer to feeding by weight because flake sizes will differ, and it is a more accurate way to track feeding. :)
All of my horses get between 8 and 10 pounds of hay morning and night. My geldings get a little bit of brome pellets mixed with complete feed just to give them something to mix with their vitamins. My stallion get about 2lbs complete &1lb alfalfa pellets. Our mare, who is in foal, is up to about 4lbs of complete feed. All grain is given 2x a day, but vitamins only once a day.
I used to feed free choice hay, which I much preferred, but when I moved, I changed hay providers...if I find a good provider again, I would love to feed free choice hay again.
Our neighbor is able to give her horses hay in three meals a day, which I think is ideal if you cannot feed free choice, but many of us do not have the option to feed 3x a day. I will often give the grain right when I get home from work, and then hay later in the evening to break up the feeding though. :)