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        03-03-2008, 03:06 PM
    I give my filly 4 flakes of grass hay a day (2 am, 2 pm) and 1lb of Strategy with her suppliments in the eve. Plus the assorted carrots and cookies of course Oh btw, a flake is how a bale of hay is portioned, a certain amount of hay comes off in each "flake"
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        03-03-2008, 04:57 PM
    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. :)
        03-03-2008, 05:14 PM
    Vega gets fed 2x a day. In the morning she gets 2-3 flakes of hay plus 1 c grain (the BO lowers the amount of grain depending on how much exercise they are getting. I feel they should be getting the same amount no matter what. She used to get 1 1/2)

    Gem also gets 2-3 flakes of hay but gets 3/4 c. Grain. Half of which falls on the floor because they don't make the horse move back and they just throw it in.

    Poor Gem is done eating in a matter of minutes. Not really but compared to the other horses, he's always done before they are.
        03-03-2008, 05:18 PM
    Rosey gets 4lb Beet Pulp with 4Ib Senior. She also gets 1/2 Ib Rice Bran, 1-2 cups Corn Oil, and 2 scps SOURCE.

    Along with that, I think she gets around 6-8 Flakes of Good Grass Hay split into two feedings. I don't feed her hay since I board. It might be a bit more or a bit less.

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