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    09-19-2008, 08:42 AM
winter time

Do you change your horses feed in the winter time, or just feed more??
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    09-19-2008, 10:48 AM
winter feeding

I just double it. I give them a half scoop of grain in the summer, because they are outside most of the time. The only time I feed them more in the summer is if they need to gain weight. But in the winter I feed them a full scoop, since there is nothing in the pasture to eat, except the hay you put out.
    09-19-2008, 11:02 AM
I give more. Not that much of grain, but I give more hay (extra time in evening so they have enough for the night to chew).
    09-19-2008, 08:41 PM
My horses don't work very hard. They get the same supplements, but their hay intake tends to increase. I always have free choice hay out for them and I monitor how much they eat -- if a lot is left over, I adjust and if it's all gone I add more.
    09-19-2008, 08:55 PM
^Agreed, I give more. :) A bit more hay too, for warmth.
    09-19-2008, 10:07 PM
Ok, thanks. That's what I was told give a little more in cold weather, for warmth.
    09-20-2008, 12:46 PM
Green Broke
I do not up anyone's grain intake for winter.

I do up their hay intake by quite a bit. Hay is roughage and roughage is what they need to keep warm, keep their innards working properly, and keep meat on their bones :)

If a person feels better upping the grain, the hay also should be increased. Increasing grain only can possibly lead to impaction/colic.

Also as an FYI :)

My horses are 12, 14, 21, & 22 years old. As horses start reaching out for, and into, their golden years, they become susceptible to more ailments - just like people.

Last year we put two heated stock tanks up at the barn, and bought heated water buckets for all four horses when they come in at night.

I was amazed and amazed again at how much water ALL the horses drank last winter as opposed to the winters "before heat".

We put the stock tanks and heated buckets away for summer, but it will soon be time to drag them down from storage and put up the "summer tubs" No belly aches allowed on my property :P
    09-20-2008, 01:41 PM
I wasn't going to up the grain, just the hay.
good tip on the water. :) thanks
    09-20-2008, 01:47 PM
Green Broke
In the summer my horses are on pasture w/ extra minerals available. In the winter they get hay, minerals, a vitamin supplement, and some low-protein concentrated feed (how much based on age/breed of horse).
    09-21-2008, 11:14 PM
I feed less grain because we do less work because of all the rain.

More hay and fiber sources for warmth and warm water so they drink more.

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