Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Central Oregon, USA
They both have small mesh hay nets which I secure inside the half barrels. And if I leave them together, even far apart, she is ruthless about chasing the gelding off. He needed to keep weight or even gain some, so to be fair to him I had to separate them.
And over here supplements are very essential. The soil (and thus the hay which grows from it) is basically an entisol, which means it is very very young and devoid of organic matter and nutrients. And she literally gets a palms full of the rolled oats. I think I even counted about 20 oats last night. And even if they are just making expensive manure, I compost it thoroughly and use it on the veggie garden, so the more nutrients the better!
As she is getting a hang of the smhn I am introducing more hay so she can nibble throughout the day. Again, she is NOT my mare so I do have to honor the requests of her owner and bounce ideas off of her. Her owner is quite adamant that she only needs 1 ton of hay a year...