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!!!)