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    04-28-2013, 05:45 PM
feeding hay cubes

I recently switched my percheron mare over to soaked hay cubes. Its Timothy/alfalfa mix. Hay prices are incredibly high and I'm trying to put weight on her. My question is how much to feed her! I'm not sure if the measuring weight is when dry or soaked. Any body have advice or tips? Right now we have grass growing in the pasture and that's all she is getting besides the cubes. How much should she be eating a day to GAIN weight and am I measuring it dry or soaked?
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    04-28-2013, 06:38 PM
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So no hay at all? Honestly I can't tell you exactly how much to feed her without knowing how much grass in in her pasture, how big it is, if she's out there all day to eat at leisure, what it's quality is, how underweight she is, etc.

I find pellets to be easier to measure and eaiser for horses to digest/swallow so I feel alfalfa/timothy pellets (standlees) rather than cubes, so I don't know if measurements are different- but from what I understand you should feed them at a 1:1 ratio to normal hay, and a horse should get 1-2% of it's bodyweight in forage every day.
    04-28-2013, 06:43 PM
He should get 1.5-3% DESIRED body weight per day in forage. Weigh the cubes dry.

ETA I would add a ration balancer.
    04-28-2013, 07:14 PM
Ration balanced? As in grain?
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    04-28-2013, 07:22 PM
Here's an article that explains it better than I can.

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained | TheHorse.com

Depending on how much weight you want her to gain, you could add a horse feed. Browse the Horse Nutrition section for more information on that. There are some really great threads there, and feeds available where I live might not be available where you live, and vice versa.
    04-28-2013, 07:27 PM
OK thank yoi
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    04-28-2013, 07:40 PM
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I feed tim/alfalfa cubes to one of my senior horses.

I weigh it dry, then soak down to mush. The Rule of Thumb is one pound of cubes or pellets is supposed to equal one pound of hay.

You're going to go thru a lot of cubes to get the required percentage into your Percheron, if you aren't able to feed any hay at all.
    04-28-2013, 08:02 PM
For the next month I will not be able to feed her a decent hay, so I have been doing the cubes. If I do happen to come across a decent lot I will buy it for her, but she cannot properly chew the Stemy hay that most have for sale now. Its too low quality of hay and I refuse to pay $12 for a 2 year old bale of stemy, moldy first cutting hay. We got hit bad with no rain and extreme heat last year.
Based on what I can gather and further research, would 30 lbs dry be a sufficient amount to feed her daily? I know she is under 2000 lbs and she needs to gain weight. I have been reading into also giving her at least 10 lbs of senior grain daily. Also she is on 3 acres of nothing but grass, which is already about 4 inches long. What do you guys think about trying this diet?
    04-28-2013, 09:01 PM
Make sure you start the senior feed slowly, and break it into two or three feedings. If she grass all the time, you can get by with feeding less cubes. If the senior is a concentrate only, your plan will be great. If it's a complete type feed, you could cut back on the cubes, also. There are many types of senior feeds.
    04-28-2013, 09:16 PM
Do you have a preffered brand? I am not familiar with senior feeds, it was recently rrecommended that I switch her, but I have done some research.
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