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    06-17-2013, 08:17 PM
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Green Broke
How much hay?

So my horse is in a roughly 3 acre field with 3 other horses and my mini donkey. He has rotation and I need to monitor his weight just to make sure he doesn't founder again. The acreage he's on is pretty grazed down but they still tend to pick at the grass all day. My guy is muzzled overnight. (4pm-8am) and during the day the muzzle is off.

The BO was filling up the round bale feeder with a bunch of square bales til it was full. Then of course the horses would gorge themselves cause he would do that one day then not feed hay for a few days then kinda fill it and so on and so fourth.

So I proposed the idea to him that I would feed them 1 bale at night. They always eat it all by the time the next night rolls around and they don't waste. My only concern is that I don't want my gelding gorging himself and getting fat. Even though he has a muzzle on he can manage to get a few good chunks of hay through the muzzle hole.

So is a bale (30 pounds) sufficient enough for all these horses? Or not enough/too much? It's summer where we are so they don't need to stay warm but I wanted everyone's opinions as I never used bales I use to buy the massive squares and feed huge flakes.
Nobody has lost any weight before I started haying at night. Everyone looks in great weight.
As of right now I've been putting 1 bale out every night. One night I put out 2 and they didn't hesitate to eat it up.

I worry because I know (or so I've been told) that if a horse goes too long without eating it can cause ulcers. The grass is too short for my gelding to graze on overnight with a muzzle.

Help is appreciated :)
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    06-17-2013, 08:38 PM
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I would think about a slow feeder.

I can feed two horses on a single bale a day-- so half a bale each-- One and a half bales should be enough depending on when it was cut and what kind hay it is.. Our hay is an orchard mix and the baler is wound down tight so the strings aint loose at all, lol.

Feeding at nights is a good idea if you want to put weight on- they gain faster with night time feedings because theyre not moving around as much (napping) and sleeping.

You can get your horse a salt block or mineral- ulcers happen when a horse aint producing saliva--horses produce stomach acid all day and saliva is an alkaline and reduces the acid in a horses stomach- chewing makes more saliva and that keeps the ulcers away.. that's why you want your horse on hay 24/7 or access to grass pasture-- in your case id try the slow feeder with a low sugar hay.

..you might not even care but just new information.
     
    06-17-2013, 09:09 PM
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Green Broke
Thanks for the info! Unfortunately it's not my barn and pitching any new ideas to the Bo is kinda a pain because he doesn't listen. -_-
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    06-17-2013, 09:31 PM
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Ours are on pasture (grazed fairly low) and free access to round bails. That's my preferred option, not a rule.
I will say though, in my experience, that when horses are first givin free access to hay, then tend gorge.
But after a week or so, they realize its not going anywhere and they don't have to stuff themselves till more hay comes.
Typically after that light comes on, they dramatically cut back all on their own.

Kinda funny story, we got a new gelding the next day we put out a new round bale while we had em all tied up. When we cut em loose, the new horse was scared of the round bale! Was fricking halarious to watch him snort and run around it like it was a horse eating monster. While the others charged it and started eating off it. They actually showed him how to eat off it.
Then he didn't move for two days..... Now, they take a bit, walk away, go get another, take a nap. They don't gorge at all.
I guess how all that ^^ relates to you is, is filling the feeder every few days really an issue? Idk, I like free access
I understand a founder horse is more prone, but ya may find just hay and grass to be better option then adding a feed (if you are) and maybe a RB if needed.
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    06-17-2013, 09:35 PM
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Youre welcome.

You said 'he'.. no wonder theres no listening!
     
    06-17-2013, 09:50 PM
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Even if they grass is fairly short, a horse that grazes all day gets quite a bit of grass in them. Mine are on two acres (one horse and two ponies), we've had lots of rain so the grass is good so they only get one flake a day (ponies, Jackson gets two) and they're happy and fat. That said, at 30lbs I'd be more inclined to throw at least a bale and a half to all of them if the field is grazed right down... it really depends on each individual horse.
     
    06-17-2013, 09:51 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Phly    
Ours are on pasture (grazed fairly low) and free access to round bails. That's my preferred option, not a rule.
I will say though, in my experience, that when horses are first givin free access to hay, then tend gorge.
But after a week or so, they realize its not going anywhere and they don't have to stuff themselves till more hay comes.
Typically after that light comes on, they dramatically cut back all on their own.

Kinda funny story, we got a new gelding the next day we put out a new round bale while we had em all tied up. When we cut em loose, the new horse was scared of the round bale! Was fricking halarious to watch him snort and run around it like it was a horse eating monster. While the others charged it and started eating off it. They actually showed him how to eat off it.
Then he didn't move for two days..... Now, they take a bit, walk away, go get another, take a nap. They don't gorge at all.
I guess how all that ^^ relates to you is, is filling the feeder every few days really an issue? Idk, I like free access
I understand a founder horse is more prone, but ya may find just hay and grass to be better option then adding a feed (if you are) and maybe a RB if needed.
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Well he would fill the feeder then let it be empty for days then fill again whenever he felt like it. That is what I meant. Lol.

My guy is on a RB already and a vet approved diet but he still is chunky. Doesn't help we're going through some health issues right now :(
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