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post #1 of 44 Old 01-18-2012, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding amounts RANT, sorry....

Okay, I just skimmed the "what do you feed" thread. Why is it that most horse people are very picky about knowing everything when it comes to their horse, but never the actual amount of feed they get? Im sure there are some of you who do know how much they get. I'm one of them. If any of you have a problem and the vet asks you how much do you feed and you say half a solo cup, or half a scoop, they have NO idea how much that is.

Why is it always in scoops instead of pounds? Sorry if it sounds judgemental, but this is something that has bothered me forever. I've always weighed everything so I know eactly how much they are eating.

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My vet says coffe cans have killed more horses than euthanasia.

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^does that mean they were being fed more than what was recommended?
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I agree. I know the pound weight of grain and hay my horses get. It is just easier. When you move barns and the new BO asks how much you feed and you say 1 scoop, how do you know the size of the old scoop vs the new one? Your horse could be getting way more or way less than before.
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It means more OR less. Maybe with some things it's not too important, but with other things, like grains and supplements, the difference between three (2lb) coffee cans of corn and three (6lb) coffee cans of corn might be grain overload, laminitis, founder and then death. Ditto for 'scoops' of high selenium feed, which can cause hoof sloughing. Or the other way, a horse might need three (6lb) scoops of senior feed, but will starve on thee (2lb) scoops of feed.
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^does that mean they were being fed more than what was recommended?
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More or less. If I say I give my horse 2 coffee cans/day of grain and I'm using a 2 lb can and you feed 2 coffee cans/day and use a 5 lb can, the horse will be in trouble with founder. If I am using a 5 lb can and you are using a 10 lb can the horse will eventually be skin and bones or starve to death. Either way.....he dies.

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post #7 of 44 Old 01-18-2012, 03:42 PM
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Well, no matter or you measure it, lbs or scoop, you have to tweak it up and down. I know what mine weighs approximately, but I also know that 1 scoop of 1 feed and 1 scoop of the other plus a smaller scoop of rice bran is what it takes to keep him thrifty and well. It's not as much about numbers as about what works for each horse to me.
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Flake of hay,well what is considered a flake??? Has it been baled tight or loosely,that will effect how much is in said flake too.
I know my what I consider a flake is alot bigger than other people definition too.. Also know scoops come in different sizes & different feeds have different recommendations on how much to feed.Just because you feed so many flakes of hay & so many scoops of this or that, means nothing really.Feed quality,measurement tools have so much variance
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post #9 of 44 Old 01-18-2012, 10:56 PM
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I guess for me I'm thinking within my own barn. We have a certain way we measure it, works for us but might not for others.
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post #10 of 44 Old 01-18-2012, 11:01 PM
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not only grain.. but hay too. 2 flakes isnt always the correct amount of weight. We weigh EVERYTHING
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