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post #41 of 66 Old 01-06-2011, 10:36 PM
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How much hay is she getting per day?


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post #42 of 66 Old 01-06-2011, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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basically free choice. we were throwing out 4-5 square bales a day and letting them all share, but we ran out so then we put out a round bale for them to have, now thats eaten and gone so we need to get another but we don't know if we should get the oat hay and thats the only option in round bales for now..


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post #43 of 66 Old 01-06-2011, 11:58 PM
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I think you will really notice the difference within a month..I sure have with my horse.Also if she isn't gaining weight on 2 lbs...give her 3 lbs and see...give it about 3 weeks to see if it's working.

I don't know anything about oat hay...
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I am sure I am being controversial here, and I am sure that I don't mean to be, I just want what is best for your horse. To me your horse has lost weight, and in this post,


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basically free choice. we were throwing out 4-5 square bales a day and letting them all share, but we ran out so then we put out a round bale for them to have, now thats eaten and gone so we need to get another but we don't know if we should get the oat hay and thats the only option in round bales for now..
I would like to ask you to plan ahead and never get down to the last of your hay and then try to figure out what to do. When you are getting low you should start to think about this, not when you are out.

I am quite sure this is not what you want to hear and you will come back fired up, and that is fine and a normal response, but before you get too angry please reread my post.
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post #45 of 66 Old 01-07-2011, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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nah AlexS i understand. it's definitely poor planning, but it's also hard to find alot of GOOD hay around here, i mean i can find hay bales for 2-3$ a bale but it's last years weedy crap hay. we did have 240 bales that we paid about 150$ for. we just had to pick it up out of the fields ourselves. and boy was that a task for just me and my mom. we don't have a trailer to haul anything otherwise it would be easier for us to get some. and the people that do have trailers don't own horses and don't understand how big of a necessity it is and isn't in a hurry to work with us about comming with us to get it or letting us borrow their trailer. it really is sad. but we are also doing the best we possibly can given the circumstances.


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I would think last years weedy hay is better than no hay at all.

It looks like she is also carrying a worm load. And since the other shots of your other horses also have this look I think you might want to look into that a little further. Your horses consistently look like they have worm bellies.

Getting rid of her worm load will save you money in the long run. You can spend less on feed and she will look great.
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Maybe downsizing your herd would help.. if you find yourself having issues with keeping up with care, you might want to look into making yourself a smaller herd.

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basically free choice. we were throwing out 4-5 square bales a day and letting them all share, but we ran out so then we put out a round bale for them to have, now thats eaten and gone so we need to get another but we don't know if we should get the oat hay and thats the only option in round bales for now..
Be careful with oat hay as it can cause a phosphurus imbalance.

Hay bellies are caused by a lack of protien in your hay.......I would be looking for and feeding a quality hay of at least 12% to 14% for a horse in this type of condition......she lacks muscle and weight.........I would also give that hay free choice and cut the grain way back and maybe add a 1/2 cup of oil to her diet.

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post #49 of 66 Old 01-07-2011, 03:24 PM
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You might have to mix other things with the oil. I can't add a 1/2 cup..my horse will refuse to eat it so I use to drizzle it and mix a lot of grain in with it and she would be fine.

And you guys might want to invest in a trailer of some sort or plan like 3 weeks ahead on what trailer you are going to borrow that way you can make sure your horses will have food.
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Always, we do have them on a regular worming schedule. they each get a wormer every 2-3 months. but as i said we are going to get them all tube wormed to make sure that they ARE getting what they are suposed to be.

Dunoverit, we can easily handle 6 horses on our own. and we had 6 plus being forced to care for someone elses as they wont. we sold off 1 of ours and returned a lease we had to downsize ourselves to 4 horses, and hopefully the people are talking about selling their horses. but they arn't gonna sell them cheap and no one is gonna pay over 150$ for them as they are in such poor condition and they wont take any measures to add weight.

Supernova, thanks thats what i wanted to know! i'll let my mom know about the Oat hay so she wont get anymore. it honestly looks and smells really nice, but awhile back i think one of the horses had an allergic reaction to it. so we stopped using it. since that horse was gone we used it again, and noticed odd behavior along with loose stool so we arn't using it anymore. right now we are working on fencing in 30+ Acres and thats where a good bit of our money is going that way we wont have to worry so much about hay as they'll have grass around the clock.

and Gidget, we are definitely on the lookout for a trailer! we have let people know ahead of time. but they always back out on us or make plans because they forget. and it's REALLY frustrating. we found some nice grass hay for 1.50$ a bale. and a lady to let us use her trailer, but she's older and is always like just let me know when you wanna go pick it up. but when we ask she says she isn't up for it because of her back. after having back surgery and stuff. it's just really frustrating = /


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