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    04-02-2011, 06:00 PM
How much hay for a year?

My moms going to be moving so we are moving the horse there too and she wants to buy hay that will last us a year. I am currently boarding.

Facts about horse:
Height: 15hh
Weight: Around 900 lbs give or take
Breed: appaloosa
He will also be given grain when we move

How many hay bales do you think I need to buy for a year supply they will be 50# square bales.

Please no negative comments

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    04-02-2011, 06:06 PM
Mhmm, well if you feed 2% of his body weight(i think 2% if average) that would be 18lbs/day times that by 365 days give you a total of 6570lbs needed for the year, divide that by 50lb bales and you would need 131.4 bales to last you for the year, give or take depending on your amount of pasture and horses body condition and grain intake
    04-02-2011, 06:09 PM
Honestly at least 250 bales. But it also depends on how much you give him? I use 4 bales a day for 4 horses. They each get half a bale each in the morning and at night.

Bale a day then you need 360 bales.
    04-02-2011, 06:13 PM
More info: He will have 3 acres to himself to graze on during the day and will be in a stall at night, His body condition is good, and he gets either one or 2 scoops of grain currently which will be the same when we leave (theres a sheet I can look at).
    04-02-2011, 06:38 PM
Green Broke
During the summer when he has pasture to graze on - he won't need much if any hay. Maybe a flake or two to keep himself occupied while stalled. Unfortunately we don't know where you are located at what your weather is like.

Here in KY I have 3 horses (range from 800-1200 lbs) and I have 5 acres. Through the end of April - usually October (earlier or later depending on drought, freezing etc) they are usually on pasture and I don't feed hay through that time because I do not stall. So I only have to figure enough hay for the winter months. I calculate it based on 6 months and always build a cushion. I tend to have some hay left - or like this year I lost some due to a windstorm taking a chunk off my barn roof in a storm and losing some due to wetness. You never know what crazy stuff may happen.

The way Rachel figured it is good - except how will you get exactly 18 lbs unless you are weighing it out? Most horse owners will split bales in 1/2 or 1/3s and split that over a meal. For your horse I would over estimate and figure it based on 1/2 the bale. So around here I would only feed hay 180 days per year roughly. 1/2 a bale per horse per day (split in at least 2 meals so 1/4 bale at each feeding) and that would be 90 bales. Then if you do want to add a few flakes in for the night time feeding while stalled and a cushion - I would get 120 just to be safe.

Now if your winters are colder and longer you will want more, but if your winters are shorter you may want less.
    04-02-2011, 06:45 PM
I live in Minnesota so yeah our winter is still happening :( ... thank you Cat that was very informational
    04-02-2011, 07:20 PM
What do you mean by grain? You don't have to feed grain its just sugar that willl give your horse more energy then he knows what to do with. My horse is on a grain free diet with fibre smart cool calories, flax and paprika. He's been better behaved on this diet and his coat is better than it has ever been in his life time along with his coat and mane, his feet are fantastic. I encourage anyone to go on a grain free diet.

As far as the hay-
3 bales a week
12 flakes per bale
4-5 flakes a day
3 bales x 52 weeks of the year
=156 bales a year for one horse.
    04-02-2011, 07:28 PM
Thank you Tasia I will have to try the grain free diet when I move!

feeding, food, hay

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