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Should I move to this barn? (new feeding situation)

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        06-15-2010, 02:44 AM
    Lol, different terms for different countries, my bad!

    A pick is just a small amoutn of grass they can pick at.

    A biscuit of hay is like your flake I think? One segment of a bale.
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        06-15-2010, 02:50 AM
    Ahh, okay, gotcha. Lol I was sitting here wishing I could just give Tara a treat twice a day and she'd be fine =P

    Well during the winter, the grass mostly dies, but there's usually a teeny bit left. It looks pretty sad, but I'm sure Tara would pick at it if there was nothing else. Or she'd crib. Actually...yeah, she'd probably just crib!
        06-15-2010, 12:46 PM
    How much do the flakes weigh??

    A horse need 1 to 2 % of it's ideal body weight in forage (hay and/or pasture) a day ....

    Sounds like plenty but you won't know until you try it .. ideally they should have some type of forage in front of them 24/7
        06-15-2010, 12:55 PM
    Originally Posted by tarebear    
    Okay, just read a story about a horse that moved to a barn that did separate hay feedings instead of free-choice, and the horses would go most of the night without hay (after they finished their evening feeding), so one coliced. I'm terrified of colic...what will she do in the winter when she finishes her 2 flakes?!
    She'll snooze.
        06-15-2010, 12:56 PM
    Originally Posted by mls    
    She'll snooze.
    Just like she does now.

    Even with food there 24/7 most horses do not eat 24/7 (only the super easy keepers who do not need to eat that often do that, sigh).
        06-15-2010, 01:22 PM
    Green Broke
    The big question is how big are the bales/flakes? A flake out of a 35-40 lb bale would weigh different than a 60 or 80 lb bale. Once you have that information it will be much easier to determine if that is the proper amount. 6 flakes out of a 35-40 lb bale would be fine for a easy keeper. That is what my haflingers get in the winter, but I doubt that would be enough for a hard keeper. On the other hand, 6 flakes out of a 60 lb bale would be way too much for an easy keeper but adequate for a hard keeper.

    You could also supplement with a "complete feed" that has enough fiber in there to count as a forage or beet pulp during the winter.

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