So I'm visualizing about bringing Lacey home for the winter and I'm trying to prepare thoughts/money-wise about how much hay she's going to need for approximately 8 months...
Right now the pasture she would be in is pretty grassy still, no bare spots or anything so she would probably only need a flake or two, if anything a day. However, once that gets eaten down, she's going to need hay.
I'm thinking I'm going to look into getting her on some timothy/alfalfa because brown grass hay (I don't know what it's called, all I know is that it's brown and yucky and doesn't fill horses up very much) makes her kind of bonkers, so how much should I anticipate feeding her for the winter? Last year, on that really crappy brown thin stemmed grass hay, she lost a significant amount of weight eating about 6 flakes a day, but that was really crappy.
In the spring and summer she's the world's easiest keeper. She gains weight on barely anything and keeps it without a problem. I plan to supplement with beet pulp if necessary, btw.
She's worked minimally hard; this winter, if she comes home, she'll be w/t/c on a tri-weekly basis for about an hour, mostly walk though and hardly any canter. I'll probably walk around on her back everyday but nothing really strenuous on a daily basis.
Help? I wanna do good by her! Thanks!
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Rest peacefully, Lacey.