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    12-06-2013, 02:28 AM
Hay feeding in winter

How much hay should a horse get in winter, especially if its very cold and sleeting? We don't have a round bale, just grass square bales. Should they be fed throughout the day, or morning and night? Should we give them all they want?
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    12-06-2013, 02:30 AM
I ask because I fed them all a flake around 1:30, then my sister feed them around 4:00, then they were fed twice more later in the evening. I went outside recently and noticed they had eaten everything, so I gave them some more.
They have a shelter, if that makes a difference.
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    12-06-2013, 02:32 AM
Well if you give them all they want and they start to get fat and should be equipped with back up beepers like mine, feed them less.
    12-06-2013, 02:38 AM
I guess I'm wondering what the line is between feeding them what they need to stay warm and feeding them too much.
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    12-06-2013, 02:44 AM
When they start to gain too much weight, back off a bit with the hay. It's fine to feed more when it is colder outside, just keep a close eye on their body condition and add more hay or less depending on their weight.

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