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heathermstalnaker 12-04-2012 09:37 AM

Hay and Feed
Good Morning, I have always boarded my horses and this year I brought all my guys home. This is the first winter that I have had them at home. My guys are all healthy and a good weight. Actually they are all a little pudgy so I know they are eating good but I am worried about the different opinions I am getting regarding hay and how much I should give. I am not big on just letting them eat and eat but I am not sure what the right requirements are. Right now they are getting 1 1/2 cups of feed and 5 flakes a day per horse. The paddocks still have some grass but not much. I give mineral with there feed and they have access to salt blocks and fresh water. Am I doing the correct things or should I up the feed and the hay?


deserthorsewoman 12-04-2012 10:55 AM

Welcome to the forum:-)
to give you exact answers we need to know what kind of horses, how much a flake of hay weighs, what feed you give and again, the weight. Pics of the horses would tell us their current weight status.
So post away:-)

heathermstalnaker 12-04-2012 11:17 AM

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Well I tried but I cant get pictures to load....Not sure why.

heathermstalnaker 12-04-2012 11:20 AM

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Figured it out!! Keep in mind the grass inst that lush anymore. This was taken last month.

Ok...I have a 11 year old TWH that is B&W in the picture. I have sold him and he is leaving 1/1/13 but I want to make sure I am feeding him good.

My other the picture is a Peruvian Paso 10 years and the other is a Pony said to be around 3 years.

I will have to get a picture of my daughters QH who is 9 and weights about 950 to 1K lbs.

deserthorsewoman 12-04-2012 11:25 AM

They are in good weight:-)

heathermstalnaker 12-04-2012 11:27 AM

Hay and Feed
Thank you! Should I just continue with what I am doing with the current hay and feed?

Some tell me I need to put bales out to keep them busy but is that really necessary? Wont that just make them fat??? And its normal for the paddocks to get ate down in the winter months right?

Thank you so much! Like I said...I am new to this so I just want to be sure I am doing the right thing by my guys.

Tianimalz 12-04-2012 11:33 AM


Some tell me I need to put bales out to keep them busy but is that really necessary? Wont that just make them fat???
Depends on the horse. I have one mare right now who is on 24/7 hay because we want weight back on her, but my other girl would blow up faster than I could work the spare weight off of her :rofl:

I prefer throwing hay out in portions anyways, less waste that way. If you want to keep them busy, get hay nets with small holes so they have to spend longer eating what you give :-)

Speed Racer 12-04-2012 11:33 AM

You don't have to give them free choice hay, especially since they're smaller.

If you want their hay to last longer, buy small hole hay nets. That's what I did, and now my 3 pigs masquerading as horses have hay much longer during the day. If I just put it out on the ground they'll just gobble it up within an hour or two, and then have nothing left for the majority of the day which isn't good for their digestive system.

Lovely horses, by the way. They look very happy and healthy.

heathermstalnaker 12-04-2012 11:36 AM

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Speed Racer.....

I so know what you mean...I put a 40 lb. bale out the other day and it was gone the next day. The TWH ate it alone. I was like really....there is no way in the world he needs 40 lbs. of hay a day and he is not even being worked right now.

I will have to get some hay would you suggest I hang them? Thank you so much!

Speed Racer 12-04-2012 11:44 AM

Make sure they're the small hole nets, because that makes the hay last longer than conventional nets which have bigger holes.

I just hang mine on the fence posts. The horses will figure it out pretty quickly.

Chick's Discount Saddlery has them for $7.99, but stay away from the green colored nets. They're not as well built as the black, red, and blue ones for some reason. I'm very disappointed in the green net I got, but the others are well made.

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