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        07-18-2011, 10:03 PM
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    Trained
    You have to feed them, so based on our experiences over the years, we are very conservative and always budget for 2x our previous year's hay/feed costs. This is typically 'overkill' and we normally come out way under budget at the end of the year, but it has made it easier to absorb the last terrible drought summer in NC where everyone had to truck hay from NC and PA for the winter, and the uncertainty of fuel/fertilizer prices (a major component of hay cost). How ever much we come out ahead gets us a nice dinner and cash for improvements/expansion.
         
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        07-19-2011, 08:46 AM
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    Red face Pasture is important to me!

    My two are out 24/7 on their 5 acre mixed grass pasture which is the main part of my feeding program for both of them plus one goat. Our land supports a dazzling array of wildlife and lots of very vocal native birds. My horses graze with kangaroos and herons close by.

    After some days of flooding rain this winter I purchased my first ever (and sure to be last ) bale of hay. The horses ate it happily the first time it was offered but aren't interested in it now. They'll eat it from my hand, just, but they give the impression it's a bit of a chore if you know what I mean? They'd prefer to be handgrazing up at the dam or out on a kerbside walk.

    I figure this means they are not hungry? At least not for hay?
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        07-19-2011, 08:53 AM
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    Originally Posted by Day Mares    
    My two are out 24/7 on their 5 acre mixed grass pasture which is the main part of my feeding program for both of them plus one goat.
    Our land supports a dazzling array of wildlife and lots of very vocal native birds.
    My horses graze with kangaroos and herons close by.

    After some days of flooding rain this winter I purchased my first ever (and sure to be last ) bale of hay.
    The horses ate it happily the first time it was offered
    but aren't interested in it now.
    They'll eat it from my hand, just, but they give the impression it's a bit of a chore if you know what I mean?
    They'd prefer to be handgrazing up at the dam or out on a kerbside walk.

    I figure this means they are not hungry? At least not for hay?
    Mine can be the same
    Horses are selective grazers, even on pasture, so they probably are finding what they want, and prefer, in the pasture.
    Pretty picture, by the way.
    Would LOVE to see some kangaroos out there sharing the field with your 2.
    Any chance of any pictures of that??

    Love all the input, please keep it coming.
         

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