Feed- To be done by weight only? correct?
Hi, I've recently moved my horse and I wonder if you all could help me out before I have to call the vet.
I currently have my horse on a senior feed, and the owner of his new farm has found a senior feed that will be delivered to her place that is really comparable on paper-- 14% to 14.5% protein and 5% to 5.5% fat. However, when you hold the feeds in your hand, its obvious that his former feed is much heavier/denser than the new. Therefore, I'm concerned that a scoop (3 quarts, supposedly) of new will not be nutritionally equivalent to a scoop of old.
Feeding instructions seem to compensate for the weight difference:
old: for 800lb horse, 10-12lbs per day for maintenance
new: 0.40-0.65lbs per 100lbs per day for maintenance=
800lb horse=.4lbs x8 = 3.2lbs per day.
I can see just by looking at the feeds that there is way more molasses in the old, but I'm not sure that it would make up that much of the weight difference. (and someone check my math, because I have no faith in my skills, I was an english major.)
Anyone have any suggestions/experience?
It just seems like such a jump.