Hay cost is killing me
I have 3 horses, a 15 yr old QH mare, 15 yr old appendix gelding, and 8 yr old QH gelding. The mare and younger gelding are about 1000 lb, and the appendix 1100 to 1200lbs.
I currently feed 2 flakes of coastal hay am and pm plus 2 lbs of 12% pelleted feed 2x's per day. In addition I add a cup of BOSS to their pelleted feed 2x's a day.
Hay prices have gone up and it's killing me!
I am looking into beet pulp to help stretch my hay. My goal is to cut down to 2 flakes per day per horse, in other words by half.
Is this possible?
If I can add beet pulp, how much do I feed?? What about alfalfa cubes? Or even a combo of the two. If I do the cubes...how many cubes per head would you think I need to add? What about oil to boost fat?
I know I need to do whatever I decide to do slowly. It may not even be possible to do so, and if that's the case so be it. I want them to be safe but AND nourished.
I must add that they have always been on round bales as free choice but my barn has discontinued them as the cost of the rounds has now gone over the cost for squares. This is why hay costs have now hit me hard.
The mare and younger gelding are easy keepers. The appendix is a little tougher to keep. He pulls more toward the TB side and can be a bit ribby quickly if not fed properly.
So...beet pulp? How much do I feed and how do I go about backing off the hay , if that's even possible? How many alfalfa cubes should I add?
Thanks so much. Any info is very greatly appreciated