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    12-09-2010, 03:26 PM
  #1
Yearling
Adlib or weighed hay?

Do you feed your hay weighed fopr that specific horse or ad lib? Why do you use that method?

Personally my guys ar eon as much as you can eat Magz goes thourgh about 5-5 stuffed large hay nets in 24hours and looks perfect Archie is on 3at night (hang them round his stable) andd two ish during the day as he is a chronic cribbeer so keep him occupied.

Little mare gets 2hay nets in 24hours as she is porky by nature!

All my ponies would go thorugh 2round bales in 7days there is 6of them on a mountain unrugged and they inhale it!
     
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    12-09-2010, 03:38 PM
  #2
Trained
I weigh it for each horse, they are in separate turnouts.

Lily (pony) is getting about 3% of her body weight per day + about 3 lbs for "waste." It's about 30 lbs a day. She would eat more than that if I allowed her, but then she'd probably get too fat to walk! When it's extra cold (below zero F)/snowy/windy I give her about 5-8 lbs of alfalfa/grass mix.

Soda (QH) gets between 2-3% of his body weight per day + about 3 lbs for "waste." He ends up getting less than Lily because he doesn't eat all of it, so he's basically adlib. Again when it's extra cold/snowy/windy he gets 5-8 lbs of alfalfa/grass mix. He always cleans that up first!

I have 3 types of hay I'm feeding too. A mature meadow hay, I feed this at night and sometimes will add a flake or two to the daytime feeding. It provides a higher fiber content and more warmth in digestion. A really nice leafy grass hay, this is fed during the day when they don't need as much warmth. Then the alfalfa/grass mix, it's a good leafy grass and a younger leafy alfalfa, the mixture is about 40-60% alfalfa.

It gets a little complicated at times, but I'm overly anal about my horses....
     
    12-09-2010, 04:34 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Adlib hay for all of them and I've got 4 happy, healthy ponies who seem to live forever (oldest is 30, the next one is 28 and still in full ridden work!).

They have a large bale in the middle of the field and it is renewed when nessecary.

Cuts down the hard feed bills as well.
     
    12-09-2010, 04:39 PM
  #4
Trained
It really does, mine each get about 1lb per day of a ration balancer type feed and they are both happy and healthy. If I could feed round bales I would, but I have to separate mine because of Soda's attitude. I'd worry about Lily too I guess, eating herself to death. She might calm down about food though, I got her from a place that kept her in a little round pen and she only got 2 maybe 3 small flakes of hay each day. She wasn't overly thin, but definitely inhales her hay now. I wonder if she thinks I'm going to take it away?
     
    12-09-2010, 04:44 PM
  #5
Yearling
When I first got my little guy bail he would eat anything he could lay his hands on because he never knew when his next meal was after 3months regulated constant feeding he chilled a bit and sometimes there was a tiny bit left in the mrning whereas before hand bed and all would be gone!!
     
    12-09-2010, 05:49 PM
  #6
Started
Free choice for 3, and half way weighed for the 4th... I know what my bales weigh and I take her "amount" out of that ...
     
    12-09-2010, 05:49 PM
  #7
Trained
I adlib it. My hay quality isn't consistent so I judge each day based on how much they ate the day before and in the winter go more generous. Saves on waste and yet they have free choice.
     
    12-09-2010, 05:50 PM
  #8
Started
When I first start my round bales every year they blow thur the first couple then slow down.. I also got a fish net off of ebay that helps to slow them down a bit more .
     
    12-22-2010, 02:32 PM
  #9
Foal
I usually feed adlib hay as a horse will eat their appetite, theres 4 in a field and 3 are still growing and ones lactating so they all eat their fill! Mine also gets an extra small feed with a few concentrates to help with muscle and what not as he's just coming into work! But as Tigerstripes is feeding around 3% of her horses body weights with the extra in winter for warmth seems around the right amount as a horses appetite is usually around that marker! :)
     

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