Originally Posted by smrobs
I would start with many small feedings of a hay that's not too rich. I'd say mid-quality grass would be best to start them out.
I'd probably start them out with 6-8 feedings of a couple of pounds each and access to plenty of fresh water.
If you notice them eating a bit and then walking away for a while before coming back (instead of bolting all the food they have access to), then I'd likely go ahead and give them free access. If they don't overstuff themselves at first, then they'll be okay with free access and not overfeeding.
my mare has been lossing lbs on the hay I have now so its poor quality and getting new hay in friday should I keep the poor hay and start them on it? Because I didnt buy it I don't know what the mix in it is.