We just switched out horses to free choice. We'd been feeding the five horses two bales per day: one bale in the morning, 1/3 bale in the afternoon, 2/3 bale in the evening along with a ration of canola and rice bran. They'd been gaining weight during the summer and losing a bit in the winter. One reason we decided to switch to free choice was to try and keep their weight more stable.
Here's how it's gone so far . . .
Saturday: no hay left over from Friday, fed four bales.
Sunday: 1/2 bale left over, fed two bales.
Monday: none left over, fed two bales, will feed another tonight.
I think it will work out to just over two bales per day once they have stabilized and are used to the new routine. We still give them their ration of canola/rice. Plus supplements, of course.
Have others recently switched to free choice? Or remember what happened when they switched? I'm curious if what we've been seeing is about normal.
"Don't just feed it! Ride it!" And the People said "AMEN!"