I can't imagine how much my board would go up if I wanted everything weighed.
There's 8 horses including mine where I board and it takes roughly an hour to get everyone brought in, fed, watered and taken care of for the night, add another 1/2 hour if blankets need to be changed or put on.
Nothing is "weighed". There's a bunch of 3qt scoops and feeds are measured by the quart. If a horse needs an odd amount of feed the BO figures it out and puts a line with the horse's name on the scoop. Supplements are mostly Smartpaks but if a horse needs a non-smartpak one or some variety of medication she writes the horse's name and dosage on the container with a Sharpie and if the scoop in the container has multiple dosage markings, she marks the correct one with the Sharpie.
Hay amounts are listed in flakes but she and I know to adjust if needed. So if flakes are really light and a horse normally gets two, I'll toss in a 3rd. When in doubt, we always give extra as there are no obese horses who would suffer from extra hay. If it's butt-cold or rainy, everyone gets a couple extra flakes. If we're concerned about anyone, we write down exactly how much hay/water/grain was given on the feed board and how much, if any, was not consumed.
If I weighed everything, that'd be EIGHT extra trips up and down the aisle with the hay and I'd be there all night. We have a feed wagon, throw a couple bales on and walk down the aisle filling feeders. I feel guilty enough that my horse gets 3 kinds of hay which nobody else does so you have to make a special trip just to haul his other 2 kinds of hay to him.
Last edited by Delfina; 01-19-2012 at 11:02 AM.