Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orleans, Indiana
Hay & Grain Questions
I've been following the norm of the other two horsey owners but now that I'm here at home, think it's time to broaden my scope of thinking.
Chili is big - not sure of her weight.
Gracie is not so big -also unsure of her weight.
Chili looks like she could still stand to lose a few lbs (can feel her ribs a little but cannot see them)
Gracie looks thin - her hips jut out, her neck looks long and skinny and her withers are horribly pronounced
I read somewhere today that HAY should be green. The ONLY hay I've ever seen (other than when cut) was Alfalfa. ALL other hay is tan/golden yellow. The same article said the color of such hay was old - ???
My hay is not old, it was this past summer's cutting and is tan/golden. I have been feeding (I think), 1-2 flakes/2x's day for both horses. However. Tonight and the other night, I noticed if I drop the hay "flake" on the hard ground, it breaks open to smaller flakes-so, am I wrong in a "flake" measurement!!!????
Grain is 14% Fortified. Right now. Getting the grain I used to get from barn owner and it's 12-14% (can't remember) nothing about being fortified. I was giving about 4qts/2x's daily. When she was able to go out more, I lessoned it to 2qts. When we came here, I lessened it a bit more but that was bc the scoop was smaller (3qt instead of 4) and I honestly didn't notice at first.
So, as of yesterday, they were only getting 3qts DAILY each and 2 flakes daily each.
I'm thinking that Chili only needs the 3qts grain/day whereas Gracie could stand to be fattened up a bit and give her the 6 qts. WDYT??? OR should I give Gracie more hay?
I give them their hay and grain in their walk-thru stalls. Chili tends to be food aggressive to other horses.
The pasture is kinda small and I have a great feeling we'll be feeding hay year round. Much to the chagrin of my wallet !!!! Do I need to start looking for more alfalfa?????
There is also a salt/mineral block. (and obviously plenty of water!!!)
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