Free choice is ideal, but I have to limit my pony. Now that she has started to gain weight she isn't stopping.
Soooo, I have her on 3% of her bodyweight of hay per day. She taped out at 820 lbs, I rounded up to 900, so 27 lbs of hay/day. I rounded that up to 30 lbs total to make up for waste. She is literally hoovering up every last scrap in her paddock and begging for more.
Soda on the other hand taped out at 1298, I rounded up to 1300, so 39 lbs of hay/day. I rounded up to 42 lbs to make up for waste. He has plently of hay left in the morning and in the afternoon.
Yes, I am actually weighing their hay too. A little overboard, maybe, but I wanted to make sure that I was actually giving them adequate hay. It's very difficult for me to feed round bales so I can't really do free choice. Besides which Lily would probably balloon out to 1200 pounds of sheer obesity if I let her eat all she wanted.
To think that I was worried about her gaining weight 3 weeks ago....