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post #11 of 27 Old 08-04-2015, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to cut her work to three to five days a week. Give her Cool Calories. Add beet pulp and maybe alfalfa. And she is getting a lot of hay. I said 3 flakes every morning and night. But in reality its probably about 4 or 5 every morning and night. And she doesn't always eat it all! If she was really hungry she could have ate way more than she left in her stall. So I don't think hay is an issue. do you think what I have said will put weight on her?

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post #12 of 27 Old 08-04-2015, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am giving her WAY more feed and hay than she got at her old barn. Which was a very nice riding barn.

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Sounds better, but still not enough for the amount of work she's in.

What kind of hay?

I'd look into adding maybe alfalfa pellets to what you're feeding her. Alfalfa is great for putting weight on. And what are the feeding directions for her weight and activity level per the Strategy bag?
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How much does a scoop weigh? I believe the directions on the bag of strategy go by weight as do most feeds.

Horses need about 1.5% - 2% of their body weight in forage.
Think of the bagged feed as extra insurance for getting all the minerals and vitamins and stuff they may or may not get from the hay.

I'd actually try increasing the forage before I'd increase other things on a horse that is being cared for and fed well.

When I had no grass my old QH who rarely got ridden ate a bale of hay a day. The bales were around 60-65 lbs. He got some bagged feed and some beet pulp and hay pellets as well. In the winter the hay consumption could double. He remained a very active animal into advanced old age.

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That's another good question, Sue. OP, how big are your bales? In my area, 110-115lbs bales are most common, so when someone says their horse eats a bale of hay a day, that's what I think of. However, I've noticed a lot of areas have 40-60lbs bales that are more common and the bigger bales like we get are a foreign concept to them.
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I am giving her WAY more feed and hay than she got at her old barn. Which was a very nice riding barn.
This doesn't really say much. Was she in as much work at her old barn as she is with you? My gelding gets WAY more feed at the barn we're at now than he did at our old barn, but he's not in work (wasn't really there either) and he's growing. He's also being fed different types of hay than he was at the old barn (old barn only fed alfalfa, which is very rich...new barn feeds alfalfa and Bermuda grass). So really, comparing her feeding now to her feeding then is like comparing apples and oranges...unless all the variables except for the amount of feed are exactly the same.
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Are hay is pretty big bales but I don't know how much they way. A full feed scoop is 3 quarts and I just increased her grain to 1 1/2 scoops. I can not give a hale bale a day. That just isn't realistic. We will run out of hay way before winter! I am going to increase her calories as I said and cut down on her riding.

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She doesn't look terribly skinny at all. She has a lot of muscled just not much fat. She looks a lot like how endurance people keep there horses very thin. I just really want more weight on her for show and general health

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I haven't seen big bales like that since I was a teen. Once most of the hay and feed went to being handled by women the big stuff disappeared. Same for 100 lb feed sacks. I do remember struggling with giant bales held together with wire rather than twine. Sometimes they weighed more than I did.

Now I use round bales but that's another story.

You could add alfalfa and/or hay pellets and increase the calories that way.
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I haven't seen big bales like that since I was a teen. Once most of the hay and feed went to being handled by women the big stuff disappeared. Same for 100 lb feed sacks. I do remember struggling with giant bales held together with wire rather than twine. Sometimes they weighed more than I did.

Now I use round bales but that's another story.

You could add alfalfa and/or hay pellets and increase the calories that way.
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In VT, I could easily carry a bale in each hand by grabbing the twine. I remember the 100lb grain bags at Blue Seal, Sue, and would throw one over my shoulder and just FEEL everything squash down in my body. Really gave me an appreciation for what too much weight feels like on beasts of burden. The feed store told me that they went to 50lb bags for liability reasons.
In CO, the bales of alfalfa were so heavy and packed on the truck that even using all my strength, I could not get them "unvelcroed" from one another and lift them one at a time. In CA, the bales were easily 100lbs and tied with 3 strings of synthetic twine. Here in KS, they use wire and the bales are 75-80 lbs . . .
The weight of each flake can vary quite a bit, and it depends on how the baler is set as well as the type of forage. Sometimes, the flakes in my bales are thin so that I have to throw 3 of them per horse . . . sometimes so they are so thick that throwing 2 flakes per horse is just too much.

The OP will be able to tell if her new feed program is working soon . . .

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