When to start feeding hay as opposed to just grass? - Page 5

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

When to start feeding hay as opposed to just grass?

This is a discussion on When to start feeding hay as opposed to just grass? within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-08-2010, 12:48 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Can you imagine what he would look like with hay in front of him 24/7? I do not think I could take one photo that included his whole belly then.
You'd need a wide angle lens, that's for sure!
Sponsored Links
    10-08-2010, 07:47 PM
Forage Information for Horse Owners

    10-08-2010, 07:51 PM
Simple. Toss a flake or two out at the gate, replace weekly. When you notice its gone, feed more hay....
    10-08-2010, 08:15 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Horses do not need food 24/7. Sure if they are a hard keeper do keep forage in front of them free choice as much as they want to eat.
Yep, wasn't saying that, but meant they shouldnt't be locked up without forage for more than a few hrs.
    10-08-2010, 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
so restricting hay/grass/forage intake is not the smartest thing to do.
Disagree thoroughly with this. Restricting forage is not only smart, but absolutely necessary with many horses, esp ponies, esp if forage is rich, like the cow-fattening type pastures they often live on. I appreciate they need food in their system & need to eat little & often, but you can restrict feed without compromising that factor. Heard of 'slow feeding' for eg?
    10-08-2010, 08:56 PM
I meant restricting as in hours without food ... not limiting the amount ... I ahve two here that I weigh thiers out and throw it thoughout the day so they have something all the time .. I also spread thier flakes out so they have to "hunt" for I t
    10-08-2010, 09:05 PM
Green Broke
Hay is really expensive if you go through the feed store. If it you can buy direct from a local farm. Eastern Oregon is going to be expensive no matter where you get it from - unless you can go and pick up a ton yourself.

As far as when to feed hay, we feed hay throughout the year even when the horses are on turn out pasture.
    10-08-2010, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Hay is easy to eat. You can stand in one spot and just eat away.

Our BO will put a little hay out when the turn out pasture starts getting low on grass. When the other horses go to find the last tidbits of grass, my boy will stand at the piles of hay and nom away at them all.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is anyone opposed to Join Up? Pro Horse Training 22 03-27-2010 02:30 AM
Rye Grass Hay??? Mom2ThreeGyrls Horse Health 6 11-05-2009 09:16 AM
Most of my big horses (as opposed to my minis) CheyAut Horse Pictures 11 07-08-2009 04:23 AM
Feeding my horse? Is grass okay? Emma7442 Horse Health 6 02-11-2008 10:51 PM
Grass Grazing vs. Bailed Hay Feeding Question jofielder7 Horse Health 17 11-19-2007 12:53 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:18 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0