How much to feed?
I'm not exactly sure if this is going to make sense but my mum and I have a fight nearly every time we talk about how much my horses get fed. They get hay, chaff (recent addition), grain, somtimes some carrots they also have 24/7 access to grass. Most people talk about needing to feed horses twice a day but I am only able to feed mine in the afternoon. The grain is supposed to be good for older horses but also helps horses gain weight (thats the only way I think of wording it). So not sure what everyone else means by one scoop but for my scoop it would be about 500g.
Apache gets 1 biscuit of hay, 1 scoop of grain and 5 scoops of chaff. He is not in any real work at the moment. He is normally the sort to kind of flucuate between appearing a little ribbey and looking good. But lately since I have given him the grain and chaff he hasn't looked ribbey as much.
Sam gets the 1 biscuit of hay, 2 scoops of grain, then 4 scoops of chaff. I am bringing him back into work. He seems to put on weight pretty easily. When I first got him he was only getting a biscuit of hay and he looked a little ribbey but now he looks better.
Pepper (the old girl) gets 1 buscuit of hay (which she probably doesn't quite get all of), 3 scoops of grain and 4 scoops of chaff. I am thinking of giving her more chaff because her teeth are starting to go a bit bad so its harder for her to eat hay even when I thoroughly loosen it for her. She is rarely ridden. She is a bit like Apache with her weight.
My mum thinks I feed the two boys too much grain and chaff and I don't. She says they are able to get to grass they don't need it especially apache because he isn't working. Sometimes she even says they shouldn't get any. We have been getting into a lot of arguements about it lately. So I was just wondering from what I have said would anyone have an idea of whether they are getting too much? I'm still learning thanks.