Small hole hay nets are fantastic for extending the amount of time it takes to eat & also minimize waste. It also makes it easier to weigh using a hanging scale- just weigh your empty net to find out how much it weighs, fill it up, re-weigh and subtract the weight of the net. Then you can hang them on different areas of the fence line.
I wouldn't consider grain a necessity in any season for most horses. (A ration balancer is a good idea for nutrition, though). If your horses start losing weight, rice bran, beet pulp and/or alfalfa are good non-grain alternatives that can help put weight back on.
Originally Posted by AndreaOllendick
My mare has lost a significant amount of weight since we bought her. (Which she needed to) I havent noticed her losing weight in the winter or cold days but is there a way to tell?
Check out the link walkinthewalk posted on body condition scoring. With the winter woolies it can be very hard to see visually; regularly palpating the fat deposits is the best way to know if your horses are dropping or gaining too much weight.