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    10-16-2011, 09:19 AM
Also we have just come out of winter so the weather is warming up
Lucky, we are heading straight into it.... :)
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    10-16-2011, 09:36 AM
She needs to eat about 20lbs of hay daily. Horses that go many hours without feed often develop ulcers. This is where these small mesh hay nets are good. The horse has to nibble rather than eat large mouthfuls. The hay lasts longer because of this. The nets need to be hung so the horse doesn't paw at it. It will last much longer. Two nets stuffed full should last your horse until the next feeding or close to it. If you can get senior's feed I'd feed that rather than beet pulp. It has beet pulp, extra oils, and is balanced for the old horse as well as the hay.
    10-16-2011, 03:15 PM
Like previous post mentioned I would get some stabilized flaxseed for omega 3's as well as weight gain, what you are feeding now is good but stay away from the BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds). Their omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is wrong for horses. Flax works better. Stick with the lucerne and not the barley-it won't digest as well. And if you can see if maybe not using the garlic for a bit and take fecal samples for testing-if worms are what you are concerned about. ANd last but not least perhaps consider chopped forage if her teeth might be an issue. You can get regular people table salt WITH iodine to add to her feed each day. Most horses won't consumer enough salt on their own. Maybe add about a tablespoon per day. Not sure what that is in grams.
    10-16-2011, 06:19 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the help.
    10-18-2011, 08:22 AM
Horses should get 30% of thier weight in hay, (if free choice is not an option), a 1000 pound horse should get 30 pounds of a day.....
    10-25-2011, 12:06 PM
Originally Posted by Bay Lee    
horses should get 30% of thier weight in hay, (if free choice is not an option), a 1000 pound horse should get 30 pounds of a day.....
I know that's a typo and was clarified in the next half of the sentence, but I giggled a bit picturing my 1200 lb gelding happily munching at 400# of hay packed into his stall with him
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