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    10-14-2009, 11:26 PM
  #1
Weanling
How much Hay

We have a 2 yr old 600 lb Arab filly, a 500 lb pony, 2 16hh plus geldings and 900 lb Arab Mare. . .

I wonder if we are giving enough hay daily. We feed 1.5%'ish of weight a day, and I would say 1/2 of this is concentrated.

How many bales should we be going through a day when they are Large bales that weigh at least 50-60 pounds each if feeding 1/2 of the 1/5% in weight in concentrates.

I can do the math by weight, but I am just wondering what most people would be feeding 4 adult horses, 1 dainty yearly and a med. Sized pony in the hay area.

I know some people will advise a hay only diet or less concentrates, but they are mostly hard keepers, and that will not work.

We feed about 1 bale a day, sometimes a bit more from a second bale. Is this enough in your opinion?
     
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    10-14-2009, 11:53 PM
  #2
Yearling
At the stable I'm at a full-sized horse is given around 6 flakes of hay a day. 2 in the morning, 2 at lunch (only if they finished the 2 from the AM), and 2 at night. Sometimes more. It really depends on the horse, if he/she is a hard keeper we try to keep hay in front of them all day. Even if they get grain too.
For our yearlings, we usually give them an extra flake.
The ponies not so much. Instead of giving 2 flakes like the horses, we give our ponies 1.

**But these horses are kept on sand paddocks, not in a field.
     
    10-15-2009, 12:39 AM
  #3
Started
Do they seem to be in good weight with this diet? If not I would suggest you cut the concentrate back a bit and up the hay. Unless they are being worked pretty regularly they probably don't need much grain. Fiber(hay) is more apt to put pounds on and keep your horses healthy in the long run. I suspect I feed mine closer to 2% and most of it is roughage. I feed no grain, but I do give a bit of Alfalfa pellets with BOSS and Beet Pulp to round out a ration for my easy keepers. My hard keeper is a 30 yr old blind appy who's teeth are falling out. He gets a lot of Beet pulp, alfalfa pellets and Total equine(not a concentrate), along with a flake or 2 of chopped up grass hay 2x a day. Don't skimp on roughage/fiber. That is what horses are made to eat.
     
    10-15-2009, 09:40 AM
  #4
Weanling
As a general rule, we reccomend 2% of body weight daily in hay. 1000lb horse needs 20lbs daily. Now, that having been said, when you get hot horses like your arab mare looks to be ( or thorobreds, saddlebreds, etc.), you really need to look at the rfv of the hay you are feeding. Those type animals need energy to stay healthy. A 75 rfv hay will not keep a hot arab in good condition. You need something probably 100-125, and could probably do well on a good alfalfa at 150-180 rfv. If you went with a straight alfalfa, you might get by with 1-1.5% hay daily. But, the pony is completly different - unless he has lost a lot of teeth, or is very old, that 75 rfv hay would be excellent for him.
     
    10-15-2009, 09:23 PM
  #5
Weanling
I add Alfalfa pellets/cubes since they hay we can get locally is a orchard grass/clover mix only, and since none are ridden or worked, I keep with the 1.5% body weight, but the mare is in foal, but only 4 months, so I haven't upped her feed yet.

The Clyds mix looks fantastic, as does the pony and filly, and the Clyds was an emeciated rescue a few months ago, but the Saddlebred and Arab are looking underweight - Body scores of 4 and 4 1/2 per the vet. . . But they are both hard keepers and even in the summer on full pasture, plus the above feed and added hay, stay that way - BUT I just have their teeth done, so I am hoping for an improvement with that - I've only have the Saddlebred rescue since May, and the Arab is our broodmare, and we've just had her since July.
Thanks!
     

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