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post #11 of 20 Old 08-12-2011, 10:01 AM
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You don't want to get the mare fatter; but, she needs to be busy at feeding time as well as the other animals. Find a cheaper hay to feed her - something with less rfv than the hay you are currently feeding, and let her have at it. Animals can actually loose weight eating hay if it is cheap enough(low low rfv). There is no shame in using a cheap hay for a purpose!
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post #12 of 20 Old 08-12-2011, 12:11 PM
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You don't want to get the mare fatter; but, she needs to be busy at feeding time as well as the other animals. Find a cheaper hay to feed her - something with less rfv than the hay you are currently feeding, and let her have at it. Animals can actually loose weight eating hay if it is cheap enough(low low rfv). There is no shame in using a cheap hay for a purpose!
I agree with this. My old barn fed alfalfa but in very limited amounts. So I provided my own timothy for him to much on through out the day. The BO's would tell me my hay was crap and my horse would just poop on it, but I didn't care. I bought the cheap stuff for a reason, if he wants to eat it, he can. If he wants to poop on it, whatever.

Horses naturally graze 17 to 18 hours of their day. They should be eating 10-20% of their own body weight in forage daily. So overweight or not, a flake every other day to me isn't right. If this is what the owner wants, then I guess theres not much you could do, but maybe you could ask the person who feeds to throw him some scraps or something so he thinks he's not being ignored. You could also get some cubes to give on your own. Just a handful, soak 'em up good, he might really like that.

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post #13 of 20 Old 08-13-2011, 03:29 AM
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Is the height of the grass just getting low, or is the pasture getting bare?

My horse is pastured 24/7 and he only gets hay during winter or when he is in his run in shelter due to heat.
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post #14 of 20 Old 08-13-2011, 05:03 AM
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Sheesh, I feel like someone should report me!

We have four horses on pasture who don't get fed anything - We were in drought for like 6 years, and they only got one biscuit of lucerne hay nightly when we had a really bad winter. They are all, always hog fat - Even when in work.

If the horse is on pasture, and is maintaining weight, it is fine! Horses are designed to be constantly grazing, yes, but they are designed to be constantly grazing poor quality/small amounts of pasture.

Can you seperate the other horse out to feed? I am feeding my mare now in the mornings, so I just pull her out of the paddock and stand by while she eats, then back in she goes.

Extra grass hay shouldn't make too much of a difference to weight, so if you must, chuck her some hay when the TB gets fed.

A slow feeder haynet is also a great idea - As long as the other horse doesn't steal it!

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post #15 of 20 Old 08-18-2011, 12:25 AM
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Agree with WS & others who have said if she's grazing, she likely doesn't need any more. One biscuit every other day is not really going to make a difference anyway. I'd be separating her at feed time or giving her a bit of hay then, to keep her busy.
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How much does the one flake of hay weigh? Can not believe the people who have their panties all bunched about 'grazing animals must eat always' have not asked this.
Compressed hay can be a pretty dense flake.


I am with wild_spot and company on this one. If the mare has access to grazing, even shorter grazing then the hay is just an easy meal that is not necessary.

A small hole hay bag is a wonderful idea. That will slow her down eating her one flake.

You have two choices on the not being fed temper tantrums. First and hardest is to ignore them. Second is to give her something. A small bit of low calorie hay in a small hole hay bag would do the trick.
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post #17 of 20 Old 08-18-2011, 10:54 AM
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A small hole hay bag is a wonderful idea. That will slow her down eating her one flake.
I use this for my mare who is a frickin hoover and is out of hay in no time if I don't!

Freedom Feeder Small Hole Hay Net - Hay Bags/Nets from SmartPak Equine

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post #18 of 20 Old 08-18-2011, 11:06 AM
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I have the bigger version of that net that HITS posted hanging on the fence in my old man's paddock. Love it.
Easy to fill and has held up to twice daily hay meals for three years now.

I also have the cheaper black nylon small hole hay nets. This model. I use them every where else. Great bags. They do not hold up as well as the freedom feeder model but totally worth the lower price.
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post #19 of 20 Old 08-18-2011, 11:38 AM
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Compressed hay can be alot more then ya think.
My horses (except for the stallion & a five month old colt) are out on pasture all day. Their bordering chunky. The grass isn't that high but it keeps them munchin all day. At night they get the scatter hay from feeding the boys & a half a cup of crimped oats just to make em happy when I'm feeding the others. They don't need it at all but I feel bad when they feel left out. If she can eat all day it's enough to keep her grazing habit satisfie & her gut moving, so if she's a good weight, she's fine. Just keep an eye on her when it gets cold, then you'll hafta feed her more. My haflinger only gets one lap am & pm in the winter (in a small bag hay net) & a handful of feed bc otherwise she becomes an elephant. Some horses are just easy keepers (thank goodness haha) & are healthy off next to nothing :) Just keep an eye on her & make sure she looks good & has normal bathroom functions & stomach sounds. :)
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post #20 of 20 Old 08-18-2011, 12:36 PM
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I would not recommend every other day. I agree with what everyone else is saying. They are grazers, so keep a daily, consistent amount of roughage under her sweet nose! :)
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