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post #11 of 12 Old 01-11-2008, 10:00 PM
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For maintenance horses need from 1.5% to 3% of their body weight in good quality forage a day. This means 15-30 lbs for the "average 1000 lb horse" . Easy keepers may do fine on the low end and hard keepers may need even more than the 3%. And you need to know what this cutting is, not the previous because the protein content changes as the year progresses. And if it's brome grass I would double check the original assessment as it tends to be about 11% protein at it's best as hay---about 18% protein when growing.

When you add in work you need to add in more digestible energy to meet the additional requirements. I would choose a feed that is designed to meet the needs of a working horse like Strategy when you increase the workload again or you could just increase the amount of Safe Choice according to the label.

Cindy D.
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-12-2008, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Ryle,

Up here they are kind of weird about how they do cuttings - sometimes they cut the young, leafy hay, sometimes mature. I definitely need to get a more accurate/current analysis of the hay next year just to know what I am dealing with.

Thanks for the advice for his feed during his heavy work. :)
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