I'm looking to change barns, so I can have a ring to ride in and so I can get Tara away from her boyfriend (I still don't know if I have the heart to do that...we might just stick where we are because they're so cute together and it would break my heart to make her leave
At my current barn, I provide her feed and the owner feeds twice a day. She's out 24/7. When the grass up, it's fabulous, and when it's not he provides round bales (there's usually only three horses, so no problem with competition so far, and he keeps one constantly available).
I just contacted another barn about their options, and the best option seems to be for me to keep providing her feed, but for the owner to provide hay (I've never had to buy my own, and from what I hear, decent hay around here is pretty expensive). She would get fed 2x a day, and get fed hay 3x per day. At each hay feeding, she'd get 2 flakes, so 6 flakes total for the day. I haven't asked yet what kind of hay she feeds, so I'll just assume it's "average" for the moment until I find out.
For the morning and afternoon feedings of grain and hay, she'd be separate from the rest of the horses, and for the midday hay, she'd be with them and they'd have their own piles. I'm not too worried about her getting chased off it...if she wants it, she'll fight for it
So does this seem like enough hay for her? She's an easy keeper in the summer when there's grass. She really doesn't need the small amount of feed I'm giving her. But she tends to lose weight in the winter. She's always had free access to round bales, and I'm not good at figuring out how much forage they need daily
This new option would be cheaper, and they have a ring, so if the feeding situation seems fine, then I'll most likely move there.
Thanks guys! Sorry it's a little long