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What I'm hearing from you all is that I am under-feeding her? I'm going by the recommendations of my friend that owns the barn where I board her. Being that I'm new to this and she's had horses nearly her entire life, she tells me what I should be feeding her. She says that 4# of grains is more than enough (that is the amount of oats that she feeds to her horses). She suggested the alfalfa pellets to add more protein (and it is measured with an 8 oz measuring cup) and also suggested the body builder. She doesn't get hay in the morning because my friend puts them right out to pasture as soon as her horses are finished eating. A lot of times my horse isn't done and when the other horses are taken out, she won't eat anymore because she wants to go out with them. I used to go up in the morning to feed her since I am only 2 houses away, but she said that she doesn't like to feed her horses on a tight schedule. Her feeding schedule depends on how early she has to be up to go to work. It's her preference to do the a.m. Feedings alone. I set up her food for the morning when I go up at night to feed her. Many times I find that she has food left in her bucket, so my friend tells me to just add her night rations to what she left that morning. I give her 2 flakes of hay at night, again because that is what is fed to the other horses. I just had Flashy's teeth floated about a month ago, and the vet told me that I could feed as much hay as she wants. I know that when the horses are let out to the pasture in the mornings, my friend puts out about one flake of hay per horse (although she says that my hay is packed more loosely than hers is so she puts out about 3 flakes of mine.) A lot of times I've seen my horse not eating from the piles. My friend has a mare that likes to chase the other mares away from the piles they are eating from and they end up playing musical piles until they give up and go graze on grass. Flashy is one that seems to concede early in the "game".
So, is the general concensus that I should amp up her grain intake as well as the alfalfa pellets? The grain is measured using an empty 2# coffee container that my friend uses to measure with.
I don't care how much money I have to spend on feed, pellets, hay...whatever she needs is what I will give her. I just need help knowing what and how much. *Bet you can't tell that I'm a first-time-horsey-mom!* :)