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    03-10-2010, 01:03 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Ok - so how does one measure out a pound, if they don't know what a pound is in that particular feed? How does one do that if they don't have a scale? How inconvenient.
Get a scale? O_O

Haha. I don't mean to make fun, if that's what it's sounding like. I'm very happy to see that you're making the effort to really follow the feeding instructions. More people need to pay attention to that sort of thing. =]
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    03-11-2010, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
Get a scale? O_O

Haha. I don't mean to make fun, if that's what it's sounding like. I'm very happy to see that you're making the effort to really follow the feeding instructions. More people need to pay attention to that sort of thing. =]
Actually that is exactly the answer. A small kitchen scale will cost a few dollars - measure out one pound of feed using the scale, put it in the scoop you want to use and mark the point for 1 lb of that feed (you can mark for multiple feeds one one scoop). It's really not difficult or inconvenient - takes all of maybe two minutes.
    03-11-2010, 08:05 AM
Seriously! Get a scale, lol : ) If feeding by poundage/day, which is appropriate anyway, I would think that a scale is as common in the feed room as the feed itself. Maybe not....

Granted, once one has set up a pound of feed there is familiarity with the volume at that point. I have been feeding horses for eons and have become very familiar with what a pound of this is compared to a pound of that and how much volume is involved. IF a new feed product comes in, it gets weighed. On a scale : ).
    03-11-2010, 08:55 AM
I've fed by weight for over 20 years. In my feed room I have a scale hanging above my feed bin that is set for "0" with a bucket hanging on the hook. I just use my scoop and add feed up to the weight that I want each particular horse to have.

If you are feeding just one or two horses, you can bring any scale to the barn, measure out the feed to the weight you want to give the horse then put a mark on the scoop corresponding to the volume that the feed represents. As long as you tap the bottom of the scoop each time you fill it so that the feed compacts, and you use the same feed each time, you should be fine.

(The hanging scale works better and is simpler. I'll take a picture of my setup latter today)
    03-11-2010, 10:29 AM
Oh, I agree with you guys. If I had my own barn, and was feeing my horses alone, or if I were managing a barn and was feeding clients horses - I would totally get a scale. Absolutely.

And yes, they should sell feed scales at feed stores. That's another ******ed "doh" with feed stores.

But, since I have Nelson, and he is on Purina Senior - the feed scoop will work just fine since it is made specifically to measure the feed he is on :)
    03-11-2010, 10:42 AM
Just for the point of information, (I realize that it wouldn't work for MIEventer - although all barns should be doing it this way - IMO), this is my set up:
    03-11-2010, 11:58 AM
You could just take a sample of your horses feed to a grocery store & use one of theirs to figure out how much a pound is
    03-11-2010, 10:31 PM
Yep I could, if I wasn't getting the scoop :)


Hey iride! That is awesome and thanks for taking the time out to share your setup with us!

I'll definitely keep that in mind if I switch Nelson's feed up.

I do agree, every barn should have that setup! If and when I move Nelson to this other barn I've been considering going to, I will bring this up with the BO there to ensure that my horse and all the others are getting the exact measurement they require per feed they are getting.

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