How much hay should I feed MY horse - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

How much hay should I feed MY horse

This is a discussion on How much hay should I feed MY horse within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    Like Tree11Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        01-02-2014, 08:09 PM
      #11
    Teen Forum Moderator
    I must be weaker than I thought xD I struggle to move the 50 lbs bales myself because I'm so tiny and they're so bulky xD I can't imagine lifting and tossing a 100 lb bale! Of course, I'm only 4'11 and a 100 lb bale would outweigh me by quite a bit, but I'm not even sure that I could lift a 70-80 lb bale of hay o.o
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        01-02-2014, 08:12 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    I must be weaker than I thought xD I struggle to move the 50 lbs bales myself because I'm so tiny and they're so bulky xD I can't imagine lifting and tossing a 100 lb bale! Of course, I'm only 4'11 and a 100 lb bale would outweigh me by quite a bit, but I'm not even sure that I could lift a 70-80 lb bale of hay o.o
    I'm with you Endiku!
    Endiku and chelseaaa92 like this.
         
        01-02-2014, 08:33 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Since no one has answered your question on beet pulp, you can feed her as much as she will eat. Start out with a small amount to see if she will even eat it, like a cup of it dry but do soak it. It will make between 2 to 4 cupful when soaked.

    Some horses won't touch it at first so you may need to add a grain or feed to it. One of our mares was like that. After slowly increasing the beet pulp and decreasing the grain, she eats it fine. She even attacked the bag it comes it before it was soaked.

    Once you get her to eat it, you can feed as much as you want or that she will eat. It won't cause colic or founder. If she inhales her feed, it is possible to cause choke. Try to find the beet pulp that isn't in large shreds and make sure to soak it. They can have it dry but I think they like it better when soaked. Also, try to get it with little to no molasses in it.
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        01-03-2014, 12:23 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I was just guessing 500lbs I have no clue how much she weighs lol. I attached a picture she is the brown one. She is a arabian mustang mix. The sweetest girl ever! Loves attention! You can see her ribs and her tail bones :(

    I do have local grass to that she has access to all day. I don't have a weight tape. I will for sure get that! She is utd on everything shots worming.
    Attached Images
    File Type: jpg 1385600_747714881911155_127197533_n.jpg (81.8 KB, 42 views)
         
        01-03-2014, 12:41 PM
      #15
    Banned
    Being able to see ribs and hip bones isnt the end of the world better on the lean thin side then too fat. All 3 of my horses ribs can be seen that's through 2 to 3 inches of winter coat.

    Feed lots of hay she doesnt look that bad in picture I wouldnt go feeding a ton of feed, to make her fat, fat isnt healthy.
         
        01-03-2014, 01:07 PM
      #16
    Started
    Good grief! Please don't "just guess" and then post. A 500 lb., 15 hand horse would be about dead. Besides, we can't offer helpful advice if we don't have a somewhat clear picture of the situation. Okay, I'm done barking at you.

    She's on the light side but not a bone rack. How you feed depends on what her activity level is. Does she mostly hang out in the pasture or do you ride and exercise her? Some horses are easy keepers and others take a feed store to keep them up. There are many factors to consider. And you are going to get many different opinions here. Personally, I prefer a good grass hay but many people feed alfalfa. And do be careful about supplements. It's easy to by stuff because it sounds so good for them but may not be needed and over-supplementing can be harmful.
    I prefer to get the opinion of a vet with a new horse. A checkup is a good way to start. Get a weight tape. They are not exact but it will help you track weight gain and loss.
    Good luck to you. I hope you and your horse have many good years together!
    And welcome to the board. : )
    Yogiwick likes this.
         
        01-03-2014, 08:26 PM
      #17
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Definitely not 500 lbs ;) my guess would be that she's somewhere around 800 lbs, and only needs 50 lbs or so to cover up those ribs. I'd just give her all the grass hay she can eat and she'll probably plump right up. Beet pulp won't hurt, just soak it well. Giving her a flake or so of alfalfa would probably be great too. She's very pretty!

    You can get a weight tape to estimate her weight, or wait until the next time you haul her to the vet and ask them to weigh her.

    If it gives you any idea, here is a body shot of a filly I owned (rescue situation, she's 100% healthy now and is rehomed) when she was 490 lbs, 13hh. Imagine a horse that was at this weight but 8 inches taller...it would be a skeleton! It sure is hard to eyeball their weight isn't it?!
         
        01-13-2014, 03:23 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
    Hats off to you... I complain about unloading 30 bales of 40lb timothy. I don't think I could physically move 400 bales of 75lbs!
    I DON'T do it all on the same day!! But, thanks. =D
    My 2007 Dodge Cummins comfortably carries 40 bales. I can climb out of the loft door to the top 10 bales, and that's where I start. When I get to the truck bed layer, the last 4 bales get a "clean and jerk" with my arms wrapped through the baling twine, shifting the weight to my hips (in front), and then lifting to the lip of the loft door (~9 ' high), then "jerked" into the loft floor. I CANNOT afford to pull out my back, so I am very careful.
    It all makes for a stronger rider, too.
    Yogiwick likes this.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Which hay is best to feed... Lady Mustang Horse Nutrition 19 02-27-2013 06:59 PM
    Hay bags vs. hay nets and feed programs countrylove Horse Talk 28 02-22-2013 02:41 PM
    Feed/Hay? Gaited4Life Draft Horses 9 07-22-2012 07:20 PM
    High Gear hay as horse feed SGB Horse Nutrition 1 06-30-2012 04:10 PM
    How much hay? How much feed? Blazer1484 Horse Nutrition 5 06-22-2011 10:52 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:23 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0