I need to start giving my horse free choice hay. She was getting four flakes a day before and doing well, but now with winter the grass has died back. It is hard to admit it, but I think she got ulcers. It must have been from a combination of not enough hay and not enough exercise (the pastures are locked in the winter. I am working to find a better place to board her)
I have been giving her lots of extra hay for the past week and she is already doing much better. I need to find out how much hay to ask the barn feeders to give her each day so that she always has some available. I believe my hay is timothy. My filly is 14.2 hands, roughly 1000 pounds, and a very easy keeper. She gets a small portion of safe choice and a supplement twice a day along with her hay.
Does anyone know about how much hay a horse this size would need every day? Unfortunately nobody I know feeds hay free choice so I have no one to ask.
Also, is it possible to give her too much hay? Should I add more hay into her diet slowly?
Thank you very much in advance :)