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    03-14-2010, 01:02 AM
Hay Belly Central

I have a pasture herd of 15. 4 our my own and the rest are boarders. We have at least 7 of the horses are over the age of 15.

2009 was not a good year for hay in Texas. We had a wet summer so grass ran long. We've put out 4, 1200 lb round bales once a week for last few months.. some bales were crappy some were beautiful. We've had a really wet winter so even the pasture horses didn't move around a lot.

All pasture boarded horses get fed once a day varying from 1lb to 4lbs in a feed bag. They also had access to mineral blocks. All wormed regularly.

Several of them have big hay bellies with ribs showing. I know what causes hay bellies.. I just need an economical way to fix this because boarders of course are PO'd like I'm not feeding them or something.. Like it's my fault everyone's hay is crappy (or I should pay twice as much for something imported) and that no bodies horses are getting ridden.

Anyway I'm thinking since the grass is coming up just feeding squares once a day... and possibly adding a lb or two of alfalfa pellets to everyone's meal. I want your opinions as horse owners. I need to find a solution to fit my budget (and theirs) with-in a certain labor and space constraints.
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    03-15-2010, 01:35 PM
What is your hay costing you? What are your feed options?

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