There are no stupid questions, right? Weighing feed.

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    03-02-2012, 12:26 PM
There are no stupid questions, right? Weighing feed.

So, I am wondering about weighing feed. I want to know how much beet pulp my kiddos are getting in weight. Do I weigh it after it's been soaked or before? It doesn't weigh much dry, but the weight when soaked is water...

Also, the grain my new mare is on is soaked because it's main ingredient is BP. Do I weigh that before or after I soak it? I am in the process of switching her off of this anyway, but I am curious. (I tasted it and it literally tastes like an oatmeal molasses cookie- sweet and delicious )
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    03-02-2012, 12:37 PM
I weight wet feed before and after just to get an idea of how much water it took up
    03-02-2012, 01:05 PM
Green Broke
For feeding amount determination you want to weigh it dry - otherwise you aren't getting an accurate read of how much FEED they are getting as you are including water weight and water is actually quite heavy which would lead you to be underfeeding your horse.
    03-02-2012, 01:30 PM
That's what I figured, but I was reading an article on how the equine digestive system works, and according to that you shouldn't feed more then 8lbs of feed at a time because it moves so quickly through the upper gut. So if it only takes 2 hours to travel from the mouth to the beginning of the hind gut, and you feed 10lbs (I'm just using that number as an example) of feed, the nutrients are not getting absorbed properly which can lead to excess gas and impaction in the hind gut. So wouldn't you want to include water weight? I'm just so confused since reading the article. I feed a hearty amount of BP this time of year.
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    03-02-2012, 01:32 PM
Note that the 8lbs was an estimated number based on a 1000 lb horse.
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    03-03-2012, 01:51 AM
Green Broke
I put a scoop of food in my horses bucket, shoo the goat away. And walk away. So many more productive things to do in life than weigh horse food.

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