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        01-19-2012, 12:32 AM
      #21
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by paintedpastures    
    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.-(
    Very true. But what concerns me is if someone asks you what you feed your horse. You give them the answer.. and they don't research it or whatnot.. they just want to give their horses the same. Horses aren't a one size feeds all.. some are easier keepers than others, some are insulin resistant, some are allergic, some don't like the taste.. some have deficiencies, etc. Gotta find what works for your horse, the amounts and everything. What I give my horse would seem like a TON for another owner because my boy is 1500lbs and a hard keeper.. so he gets a LOT of food. If I told someone the measurements in weight, and they fed their horse the same amount... they'd probably look like a stuffed turkey!

    Though it would give them a base line I suppose. I found it frustrating when I first started out because of the vagueness of it. Now that I've got it covered I see why people weren't more specific before
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        01-19-2012, 12:38 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    Lol I have never had anything in the barn that would help me measure the feed. I'm not heavy on grain at all though, I only like to give it to them a couple times a week so that I have something to mix in some digestive supplement. My "scoop" is probably equal to two handfuls, a very small amount. They don't need anything besides hay.

    I wish I had a hanging scale that would help measure hay though, I know how much hay my horses should get but it's difficult to explain to someone else if I'm out of town.
         
        01-19-2012, 12:41 AM
      #23
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by attackships    
    I wish I had a hanging scale that would help measure hay though, I know how much hay my horses should get but it's difficult to explain to someone else if I'm out of town.
    Very true. When I couldn't feed for whatever reason, I'd squirrel away portions of my horse's meals (including hay) so all the person would have to do was open the ziplock of grain and pour it in his bucket and toss the hay in his haybags. But yeah though it isn't extremely accurate, finding a weight scale, measuring yourself and then hopping on while holding the hay.. then subtracting the difference (though long winded) would give you a better idea of the weight you feed your horses.
         
        01-19-2012, 01:30 AM
      #24
    Started
    What I normally do is weigh the feed and then put it into scoops. Figure out how many scoops you need and then that should be aproximately how much they should be getting
         
        01-19-2012, 08:52 AM
      #25
    Trained
    I do 2 things. I have a red 5 quart scoop and the 1 lb measuring cup from Smart Pak. I take an empty bucket and weigh it and then add the red scoop full, it generally holds 5 lbs of Strategy if it's just full level to the top of the scoop. I double checked with the 1 lb cup and it holds 5 filled to the 1 pound line for pelleted feed. So, if someone else needs to feed I tell them 1 RED scoop of Strategy for each horse morning & night. That way I know that they are within a pound or so of the correct amount. A day or 2, plus or minus a little bit of Strategy won't harm any of mine, though some IR horses might have an issue, and that keeps it fairly simple for someone who comes in.

    I STUFF their feeders with hay in the winter, I'd rather feed a little extra than not enough when it's cold. When they are outside, they have free choice round bales, so while I can't say how much they get, I know they get enough.

    I'm currently looking at buying a hanging scale so I can accurately weigh the small square bales to know how much each horse should get. With the drought and having to look at hay alternatives or cubed hay, I need to get a more accurate picture.
         
        01-19-2012, 10:33 AM
      #26
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    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.
    So you would like your barn to weigh everything, every day?
         
        01-19-2012, 10:50 AM
      #27
    Started
    I don't weigh everything everyday. I put whatever scoop i'm using on the scale and tear it. Fill it with grain and weigh it again. That way I know how much 1 scoop weighs. (I do this for each type of grain Im using).

    That way you have an idea of how much they are eating currently and how much more/less to give when changes need to be made.
         
        01-19-2012, 10:58 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    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.
         
        01-19-2012, 11:12 AM
      #29
    Showing
    I also weigh everything. I don't weigh every time. I weigh each type of thing I feed and mark on the scoops (inside & out) with a permanent marker. I have a whiteboard on the feed room wall with what every horse gets for the rare occasion my hubby does chores for me.

    Hay I don't bother except with the youngsters and my old man that gets cubes in a mash. Everyone else gets free choice.
         
        01-19-2012, 11:13 AM
      #30
    Started
    You don't need to weigh every horses feed. You just need to weigh one type of grain once.

    Example: I was feeding the buckeye's Grow N Win. 1 scoop = 1/2 pound. Therefore I knew the horses eating 2 scoops were eating 1 pound. 3 scoops = 1.5 pounds. Its not hard to do. It will take about 30 seconds to weigh one type of grain/pellet once so you have a better idea of how much everyone is eating.

    I would think that people who know "everything" about their horses and who are nick picky about everthing would like to know the amount of feed their horse is getting.
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