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    11-20-2011, 11:26 PM
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Foal
Calculating the Right Amount of Feed

Hi Guys,

I have a question: On Horse Feed Label it states:

0.75 lb of feed to 1.50% of your horse's bodyweight.

If the horse weighs 1200 lbs, how do I calculate out how much actually to feed it. I am horrible in maths and I just don't get how I have to calculate that out.

Do I multiply 1200 with 0.015 ? Which gives me 18 pounds.. and then calculate 0.75lb * 18 = 13.5 lbs of feed / day? Is that the right calculation?

Halp?

Working on a school assignment and totally stumped by the maths :( I am horrible at it :( ...
     
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    11-20-2011, 11:42 PM
  #2
Foal
:/
Dunno why I can't edit my post...
Let me rephrase this... it says exactly on the label:

Offer Feed at the general rate of 0.75 to 1.50% bodyweight per day ...

I just assumed the 0.75 would be lbs ... but is it? Or is it also % and you just guess what sort of percentage you want to use for your horse?
I am confused...
     
    11-20-2011, 11:44 PM
  #3
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Originally Posted by LittleZeasel    
Hi Guys,

I have a question: On Horse Feed Label it states:

0.75 lb of feed to 1.50% of your horse's bodyweight.

If the horse weighs 1200 lbs, how do I calculate out how much actually to feed it. I am horrible in maths and I just don't get how I have to calculate that out.

Do I multiply 1200 with 0.015 ? Which gives me 18 pounds.. and then calculate 0.75lb * 18 = 13.5 lbs of feed / day? Is that the right calculation?

Halp?

Working on a school assignment and totally stumped by the maths :( I am horrible at it :( ...
I believe your math is right, but that seems awful high, what type of feed is it? Unless your horse is lacking weight, I would look into a ration balance, your horse will get the needed vitamin and minerals without all the extra fat and calories they probably don't need.
     
    11-21-2011, 12:00 AM
  #4
Foal
It's Co-op's Advantage Winner's Cup ... I just picked any averaged priced feed for my school project (we need to write a business plan for a Boarding Stable).

I am nearly done - just now in the final maths stages and cursing like a stabbed sailor ... I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate numbers :P ...
It's all I can do to make sure the horses have 4 legs each, every morning... Hmph :P

Thanks for your answer - I thought, too, it sounds awfully much to feed them, so I wasn't sure wether I actually had that right and went back to re-read the label ... Still not sure which assumption is the correct one ...
     
    11-21-2011, 12:08 AM
  #5
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Originally Posted by LittleZeasel    
:/
Dunno why I can't edit my post...
Let me rephrase this... it says exactly on the label:

Offer Feed at the general rate of 0.75 to 1.50% bodyweight per day ...

I just assumed the 0.75 would be lbs ... but is it? Or is it also % and you just guess what sort of percentage you want to use for your horse?
I am confused...
It is a range- so it is telling you to feed between 0.75% and 1.50% of your horse's body weight a day. If you use pounds, then it is in pounds. Say your horse weighs 1000lbs. 1000lbs x 0.0075= 7.5 lbs a day at 0.75%, or up to 1000 x 0.015 = 15lbs a day for 1.5%. If your horse is a hard keeper or needs to gain weight, you'd feed at the higher end, closer to the 15lbs.
     
    11-21-2011, 01:02 AM
  #6
Foal
Thank you Sharpie :) I hope I have done the right calculations now for my project. Was about to wrap it up, when I remembered, I still hadn't calculated in insurance...
Ack .. Wrong forum to ask here, I guess, but...

Unf. Insurance companies don't give out information on their websites as for prices... But what's an average price for a Care, Custody, and Control Insurance? Anyone know?
     
    11-21-2011, 01:06 AM
  #7
Trained
UUUGH, let me find my insurance policy and I'll get back to you asap on the insurance question.

For the boarding question, you're correct it's a percentage of a horse's bodyweight that you're feeding and some of those cheaper feeds (even though they aren't complete feeds) require you to feed a horrendous amount to meet the horse's caloric needs. I found out the hard way that it's actually CHEAPER for me to buy the more expensive brand name feed and feed less than to buy the cheaper no name feeds and have to feed double because it's all what's swept up off the mill floor after the good stuff gets made.

I also hate those calculation type feed rates. Just tell me, your horse weighs or should weigh XXX lbs, and he's in moderate work then feed THIS amount. If it's too much you can always cut back a bit or too little you can add a bit or buy a high fat supplement but it makes it easy peasy.
     
    11-21-2011, 01:12 AM
  #8
Foal
Thank you, Dreamcatcher - I was thinking the same thing reading through all those labels... *lol*
Made me think, I'm in the wrong business. If every horse owner is a math genius, but me, than I have no business dabbling in horses :P ... but I am glad, I am not the only one cursing those instructions ;)

Looking forward to your insurance information. The insurance websites are all "contact us for a quote" :P ... Can't find a price range anywhere... (I shouldn't have started this weekend for a project this big, that's due tomorrow *lol*)
     

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