Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand
I ask because my horse was fat so I switched her to a pelleted feed away from the sweet feed she was on that the barn feeds.
Now she looks much better and a healthy weight but I noticed that she is ot of hay completely by 6 or 7 pm every night...but when I asked for her hay to be increased I was told no, that it would make her fat.
She is worked every other day and we Event...how much hay should she be getting? By the way it's a Timothy mix.
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A horse should be getting 2-3.5% of their body weight a day in hay. For a 1,000 lb horse that's about 20-35 lbs, depending on the horse and the hay. My horses get free choice hay, all they can eat, day and night. If they get fat, I will increase exercise or decrease "feed". If that does help, then oh well, they're a bit fat
. Horses are grazing animals and need access to something to munch on 20 hours of the day. Their stomachs constantly produce stomach acid, even if they don't have any food in it. This is one of the contributing factors to the staggering statistic that 80% of "show horses" have some form of ulcers....