Hay and Feed
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Hay and Feed

This is a discussion on Hay and Feed within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • My 3 horses eat hay together

Like Tree13Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-04-2012, 10:37 AM
  #1
Foal
Hay and Feed

Good Morning, I have always boarded my horses and this year I brought all my guys home. This is the first winter that I have had them at home. My guys are all healthy and a good weight. Actually they are all a little pudgy so I know they are eating good but I am worried about the different opinions I am getting regarding hay and how much I should give. I am not big on just letting them eat and eat but I am not sure what the right requirements are. Right now they are getting 1 1/2 cups of feed and 5 flakes a day per horse. The paddocks still have some grass but not much. I give mineral with there feed and they have access to salt blocks and fresh water. Am I doing the correct things or should I up the feed and the hay?

Thanks
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-04-2012, 11:55 AM
  #2
Trained
Welcome to the forum
To give you exact answers we need to know what kind of horses, how much a flake of hay weighs, what feed you give and again, the weight. Pics of the horses would tell us their current weight status.
So post away
themacpack and Speed Racer like this.
     
    12-04-2012, 12:17 PM
  #3
Foal
Hay & Feed

Well I tried but I can't get pictures to load....Not sure why.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Horse 1.jpg (81.5 KB, 54 views)
     
    12-04-2012, 12:20 PM
  #4
Foal
Horse and Hay

Figured it out!! Keep in mind the grass inst that lush anymore. This was taken last month.


Ok...I have a 11 year old TWH that is B&W in the picture. I have sold him and he is leaving 1/1/13 but I want to make sure I am feeding him good.

My other 2...in the picture together...one is a Peruvian Paso 10 years and the other is a Pony said to be around 3 years.

I will have to get a picture of my daughters QH who is 9 and weights about 950 to 1K lbs.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Horse 2.jpg (88.1 KB, 50 views)
     
    12-04-2012, 12:25 PM
  #5
Trained
They are in good weight
     
    12-04-2012, 12:27 PM
  #6
Foal
Hay and Feed

Thank you! Should I just continue with what I am doing with the current hay and feed?

Some tell me I need to put bales out to keep them busy but is that really necessary? Wont that just make them fat??? And its normal for the paddocks to get ate down in the winter months right?

Thank you so much! Like I said...I am new to this so I just want to be sure I am doing the right thing by my guys.
     
    12-04-2012, 12:33 PM
  #7
Banned
Quote:
Some tell me I need to put bales out to keep them busy but is that really necessary? Wont that just make them fat???
Depends on the horse. I have one mare right now who is on 24/7 hay because we want weight back on her, but my other girl would blow up faster than I could work the spare weight off of her

I prefer throwing hay out in portions anyways, less waste that way. If you want to keep them busy, get hay nets with small holes so they have to spend longer eating what you give
heathermstalnaker likes this.
     
    12-04-2012, 12:33 PM
  #8
Showing
You don't have to give them free choice hay, especially since they're smaller.

If you want their hay to last longer, buy small hole hay nets. That's what I did, and now my 3 pigs masquerading as horses have hay much longer during the day. If I just put it out on the ground they'll just gobble it up within an hour or two, and then have nothing left for the majority of the day which isn't good for their digestive system.

Lovely horses, by the way. They look very happy and healthy.
     
    12-04-2012, 12:36 PM
  #9
Foal
Hay and Feed

Speed Racer.....

I so know what you mean...I put a 40 lb. Bale out the other day and it was gone the next day. The TWH ate it alone. I was like really....there is no way in the world he needs 40 lbs. Of hay a day and he is not even being worked right now.

I will have to get some hay nets...how would you suggest I hang them? Thank you so much!
     
    12-04-2012, 12:44 PM
  #10
Showing
Make sure they're the small hole nets, because that makes the hay last longer than conventional nets which have bigger holes.

I just hang mine on the fence posts. The horses will figure it out pretty quickly.

Chick's Discount Saddlery has them for $7.99, but stay away from the green colored nets. They're not as well built as the black, red, and blue ones for some reason. I'm very disappointed in the green net I got, but the others are well made.
heathermstalnaker and Tiamo like this.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What to feed and how to feed it! Flax Seed, Beat Pulp, Rice Bran Runninghot88 Horse Health 5 07-27-2012 05:54 PM
Feed recall - Western Feed LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffe mls Horse Health 0 03-05-2012 02:25 PM
What is better to feed horses pellets or textured feed? BarrelRaceing Horse Nutrition 17 09-10-2011 03:38 PM
As far as horse feed are Pellets and Sweet feed the main two types of feed? nyg052003 Horse Health 2 07-14-2011 10:25 AM
What does it cost you to feed your horses their HARD feed?? Peggysue Horse Health 10 08-08-2008 12:35 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0