07-04-2012, 05:28 AM
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I have always fed 1 1/2 pounds of hay per 100 pounds of bodyweight daily. We feed bermuda grass in the morning, alfalfa in the evening. A thousand pound horse would get 15 pounds if forage (hay) per day, 7 1/2 pounds of bermuda grass and 7 1/2 pounds of alfalfa. We also supplement with grain. 1 1/2 pounds of soybean meal, 1 coffee container ((1 pound size) approximately 10 ounces) of rice bran, 1 pound alfalfa molasses, 1/2 cup diatamecous earth (food grade only!) for fly/parasite control and individual medications as necesary, with
Very hard keepers getting 3 lbs of alfalfa/bermuda mix pellets additionally.
Stalling for 12 hours and providing 1/2 bermuda grass rations for several weeks with small amounts of grain, mix a bucket and feed 1/3 each day for a week, 2/3 the next and a full bucket the third week. Fouth week add increase bermuda hay to full ration and add alflafa. Available outside forage should be a minimum by this time.