Feeding help???Times a day

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    09-26-2012, 03:38 PM
Feeding help???Times a day

Ok so my girl 8 year old clydesdale 800kg I have had her for 3 weeks we feed her 2 cups of grain a day and a bail of hay a day.I give her 2 flakes 4 times a day and her 2 cups of grain at night.I will start to give her corn oil a cup a day with her grains starting Friday.She has put on some weight since I got her she was very lean when I got her she looks good though.She was from a horse back riding place bought in the spring sold in the fall they didn't want to put to much money into her.She had split hooves need them trimmed and only given hay .Now her feet are trimmed (had small fungus has all ready cleared up) her hooves get lotion every 2 days and she is spoiled .She is an eating machine and never leaves anything.The vet said a bail of hay is fine for her a day will most likely need more in the winter we have harsh winters snow snow snow and -20 to -40.She will be in at night in a barn and out most of the day unless really bad weather .The big problem is my HUSBAND he thinks she needs food 24/7 thank god he is at work all day.Even at night when it's her last feeding she will eat it all and if he is out again to see the horses he will throw her another 3 flakes.I have 2 mini's and her what she gets she eats no one else.He says it's to long for her to have no food till the AM is my feeding schedule good for her ???
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    09-26-2012, 04:30 PM
Horses are meant to eat small amounts nearly constantly. If you don't want to give her a huge amount of hay before bed you might consider a slow feeder or small mesh hay net. That way her food lasts longer and her stomach has something in it for longer which reduces risks of digestive problems. If she's gaining weight at a good rate I wouldn't necessarily increase her hay, just try to make it last longer.
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    09-26-2012, 04:33 PM
It's always good for a horse to have constant roughage so free choice hay 24/7 is never a bad thing. Especially in your situation when you're feeding a very large horse who could use weight. You didn't say what kind of hay you are feeding? If it were me - I'd feed her 2 flakes O/A in the a.m. 2 flakes of some nice grass hay in the afternoon, 1 flake grass hay and 1 flake O/A at night feeding in her stall. Also I would double up on hay nets/bags and stick 2 flakes of grass hay in there at night in her stall, this will make those 2 flakes last a long period of time at night so she will be pretty much be getting roughage close to 24/7. I would also stick 2 flakes of grass hay in a hay net/bag and keep it out during the day. Which is healthiest for most horses.


A.M. 2 flakes (another 2 flakes in net outside)
Afternoon: 2 flakes
Night: 2 flakes (another 2 in hay net in stall)
    09-26-2012, 05:47 PM
Thanks is there any type of hay net that is better?I can't remeber the type of hay it is in english right nowonly in french )
I will ask hubby when he comes in and let you know.
    09-26-2012, 06:20 PM
Horses are supposed to be eating constantly- I think nutritionists say they need to eat for like 18-20 hrs a day O.O They should only be eating roughage constantly though, not hard feed. If you are worried your horse is eating too much and may eventually become overweight, work out how much food she should be eating and weigh it out in haynets. If she gets through it too quickly, put hay in double nets or the super small hole ones.

Horses need, on average, 2% of their body weight in food a day to maintain their body weight. Some need more, some less, and most will need more come winter. So a 700kg horse needs 14kg of total food (mainly roughage), 800kg horse needs 16kg roughage etc. daily. The weight 'calculators' on the internet aren't really very accuarate but they'l give you a general idea of how much your horse should weigh with regards to breed, height and condition. A weight tape is a good (cheep) investment though for if you want to keep an eye on weight fluxuations.
    09-26-2012, 08:39 PM
Are hay is timothy and millet some bails are finer then others.
    09-26-2012, 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by Cinm    
Thanks is there any type of hay net that is better?I can't remeber the type of hay it is in english right nowonly in french )
I will ask hubby when he comes in and let you know.
The hay nets with small holes work best if you are looking to slow down her eating and save hay throughout the day. The hay bags are nice but my guys just rip the hay right out of the hole like it's nothing. Doubling up on hay nets like putting two with small holes inside eachother works even better. It takes my guys a couple hours to finish two flakes when I put it in a doubled hay net. I'm not sure of a name brand or anything if that's what you mean by 'type' of hay net but go to your local feed store or tack shop and im sure they'll have them. Even try online at ebay, you could probably get them a lot cheaper, especially if you want a pair for pasture and stall. I know new nets run around $15 . Used you could probably find them for $3-5.
    09-26-2012, 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by Cinm    
Are hay is timothy and millet some bails are finer then others.
Timothy is good, orchard is also really nice. My guys love T/O. You can't get millet where I live so I don't know much about it, is it white millet?
    09-27-2012, 11:12 AM
Thanks I will get hay nets for sure.I have no idea if it is white millet .
    09-27-2012, 10:09 PM
Originally Posted by Cinm    
2 cups of grain at night.I will start to give her corn oil a cup a day with her grains starting Friday.
Hi, It's best to feed little & often, esp starchy feeds, rather than only once daily. I'd be choosing a healthier, low starch alternative to grain though, such as beet pulp or rice bran if she needs extra. I wouldn't feed corn oil - it's very high in omega 6, which is a pro-inflammatory & is too high in most diets already. I would instead feed an omega 3 oil, if oil was deemed worthwhile. Also horses don't naturally have the enzymes to digest straight fat, so very important to build up to that cup per day gradually with frequent tiny amounts.

her hooves get lotion every 2 days
Topical goo is actually not good for hooves, especially if there's any kind of infection. Save the 'lotion' for prettying her up before an outing

He says it's to long for her to have no food till the AM is my feeding schedule good for her ???
Pains me to say it but your husband is right. It is not good for a horse's system to go without food for periods of time.
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