Some of this doesn't sound quite right.
Originally Posted by chelseaaa92
I recently got a new horse named Lilly. She is 4 years old. Underweight. She is almost 15 hands. I have 90lb alfalfa bales. How many flakes should I feed her? I also have beet pulp for her. How much of that Should I feed her? She is small and underweight. Probably only 500lbs. That's just a guess though.
Thanks for your help!!
I didn't know that bales came in 90 lb squares. If she is 15hh and weighs 500 lbs I'd think she was at death's door. 'O'
It's hard to recommend how much to feed with these statistics.
MY alfalfa and alfalfa mix bales range from 50-75 lbs. I know bc I load them on my truck and unload and stack them myself--all ~ 400 bales, every year. I cannot lift more than 75 pounds, and I do a "clean and jerk" to get these
up into my loft from my truck bed.
A 15hh underweight horse probably weighs about 800-1,000 lbs. Bones make up a lot of the weight.
She needs free access to as much GOOD QUALITY grass hay as possible. The alfalfa is very rich and she could colic on it.
Back to feeding weight. Normally you Start at ~ 1 lb hay/100 lbs horse. Then you juggle. My horses are 1,100 lbs, 1,200 lbs and 1,450 lbs. The first two get 6 flakes (~60 lb bale)/day, and the last get 7-8 flakes/day.
IF your horse leaves hay, then you cut back, unless you intend to use this hay for their bedding, too.
IF your horse is looking around for more you give them more, one flake at a time.