01-14-2013, 06:16 PM
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The majority would need to be hay. You can give soaked beet pulp in replace of some of the hay. You can also buy slow feed nets to slow the horse down and keep him busy.
Straw can be used as roughage as well, but that has no nutritional value, it would just keep him busy and his guts working.
Horses need 1.5-2% of their weight in feed per day. So if your horses is 1000 lbs
He needs 15 to 20lbs of food per day.
So if a bale weighs aprox 40 lbs you would use 1/2 a bale per day perferably broken up into at least 2 feedings..
You will need to weigh the feed.
So if you take away a flake or 2 and that weighs 5 lbs you can feed 5lbs beetpulp soaked, but weighed dry. If you do this you would to do it gradualy and do your research. You may also need extra vitamins and minerals.
Hope this helps a little
Remember there are other things the horse needs, so don't just only worry about the cost of hay. You are in the right place for people to help you make informed decisions, and not everyone has the same opinions.