How much hay? How much feed?
There are so many different opinions about how to take care of a horse, so I'm always welcome to different perspectives. I have a 9 year old mare that has open access to her pasture but her pasture has absolutely no grass. I feed her peanut hay in the evening, at least a flake and a half and I asked my barn owners to give her a flake in the morning. She gets one full scoop of Strategy feed (14% protein) twice a day. Sometimes I get a roundbale of hay and that makes me feel like at least she has something to do out in the pasture during the day. And the poor thing, it's so miserably hot here in florida. I guess my question is how much hay is a good idea if there isn't much natural grass? Also, I feel like I'm giving her too much feed. She looks like she's getting a bit plump. Any thoughts are welcome. Shouldl I trust my instincts? Or follow the advice of people with more experience than me?