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        01-19-2012, 12:03 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    I'd guess most people don't have a suitable scale to weigh grain and hay. Have you checked out the prices on a barn scale lately?? I know what my boys grain weighs simply because I found a nice used restaurant scale at a yard sale.
    I don't weigh his hay since he gets free choice good quality hay. I do have it analyzed though.
         
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        01-19-2012, 12:06 AM
      #12
    Showing
    I used to weigh my horse's feed, even the flakes I personally gave him. But the barn does scoops because it is more convenient than measuring it. It's sad.. but that's how it's done.
         
        01-19-2012, 12:18 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paintedpastures    
    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.
    Too true. For a long time, I could have said that I was feeding my horses about a flake and a half to, at most, 2 flakes....per day.

    However, these flakes came off of a bale that was 3x3x6 and weighed about 20 pounds each LOL.

    But, even when it comes to small bales, there are some that are baled with really thin flakes that might add up to 2-3 pounds and there are others with really thick flakes that might be 7-8 pounds or more.

    I'll be honest though, I don't measure the hay they get. I gauge it to when the wheelbarrow feels about the right weight and go from there. If they have completely cleaned up their hay from the previous meal, I give them a bit more. If they have a bit left, I give them a bit less. If they have a lot left, I do a thorough check on them to see why they are off their feed.
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        01-19-2012, 12:23 AM
      #14
    Trained
    If I ever have a horse where I need to weigh his hay & grain before I feed him, that horse better earning the money to pay for his own feed and pay me to feed it to him. Otherwise, he gets what I give him, he either thrives or dies. Haven't had any die yet.
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        01-19-2012, 12:29 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    If I ever have a horse where I need to weigh his hay & grain before I feed him, that horse better earning the money to pay for his own feed and pay me to feed it to him. Otherwise, he gets what I give him, he either thrives or dies. Haven't had any die yet.
    by weighing you actually are potentially saving yourself money by not overfeeding food. :)
         
        01-19-2012, 12:31 AM
      #16
    Trained
    I'll spend the extra money, in the winter, I probably do overfeed hay, but it's extremely cold out (-40), I'll risk it.
         
        01-19-2012, 01:03 AM
      #17
    Started
    The easiest way to know if you're overfeeding is to see if your horse gets fat or leaves food. If yes to either, cut back some. That's not rocket science.
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        01-19-2012, 01:08 AM
      #18
    Banned
    Pffft, I had to get a tote and put it on a scale and figure out the weight of hay it could hold. If I gave Indie free access, or all the hay she could eat- she'd blow up like a balloon!

    I use a coffee can, but I put it on a scale too, and since I don't change feeds I sharpied in how much each amount weighs on the can. Makes it easy since its one of those Maxwell house cans with the handle! Pretty good size too.
         
        01-19-2012, 01:24 AM
      #19
    Started
    These measurements are all fine when you yourself are familiar with them,you get to know how much to give your horses in response to how they are doing. I don't routinely weigh stuff. I do if i'm starting some new feed or wanting to make changes to a feeding program for a horse so I get a baseline of what the amounts look like.Your scoop is set size,the hay flakes you get use to are consistent size & weight etc. The trouble is when someone is asking advice on what to feed,how much & so on ,then you respond with: Oh they get 2 hay flakes in morning,2scoops of this a 1 cup of that, well that really means squat to the other person.-(
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        01-19-2012, 01:28 AM
      #20
    Trained
    That is true paintedpastures. After decades of feeding of horses, I can pretty much eye ball what I need to feed my horse with a bit of tweeking here & there. If I were to start feeding someone else's pregnant mare or breeding stallion, I wouldn't be very accurate nor could I explain to them how to do it.
         

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