My mare gets about 20 lbs of hay daily and gets turned out most of the day as well. She weighs about 1,000 lbs by the way, for reference, and she's an easy keeper. She's only on a couple lbs of oats per day and a vitamin supplement as well.
Anyway, she eats her hay WAAAAY too fast! The other day I got to the barn and it was only 6:00pm...she was already OUT of hay in her stall completely!! I asked the barn manager where I board how much they had given her at the 4:00 feeding, and he said 4 flakes...which should have been enough to tide her over, but she had absolutely scarfed it!
I need to figure out ways to get her to slow down so that she has hay throughout the evening/night to graze on. We scatter it around her stall in an effort to slow her down, but it doesn't seem to stop her! I just bought her this, which is supposed to encourage slower eating. Any other ideas how to slow her down? I don't want her going all night without ANY forage!!!
Dover Saddlery | Small Mesh Hay Net.