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post #1 of 19 Old 09-07-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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How much hay/haylage do you feed in winter?

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How much hay or haylage do you feed your horse per day in winter? How many leafs, how many large round bales do you go through, what age/breed/height is your horse, does it stay in or out?

Just anything you can think of to tell me about how you feed in winter :)

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-07-2013, 04:01 PM
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In the dead of winter we go through a ~750-800 lb round bale a week for 4 horses.
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Forgot to add... all stocky Paints,. 14.2-14.3 hh, 10, 11, 18, and 19 yrs old.

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I feed pretty much free choice hay in the winter. This is hay that we have grown and put up ourselves using a small square baler. For calculation purposes, I estimate 25 lbs of hay per horse per day (I have four horses) over a period of six months plus another four months of 12.5 lbs of hay per horse to come up with the minimum amount of hay I want baled for the year. I always try to bale a hundred or so bales over the minimum to allow for bales that can't be used as they have gotten moldy or have a higher weed count in them (we have 'organic' fields so there are always some weeds present). Bales weigh on average 50 lbs - some more, some less.

My horses go in the barn over night in the hard part of the winter but otherwise are outside. They have a run in shed and pasture all the time.

My horses are: 7 year old quarter horse 14.2 heavy muscled; 12 year old foxtrotter 14.3 medium muscling; 13 year old arab/qh cross 14.1 light muscling but excess weight problem; 14 year old quarter horse 14.3 light muscling. Sorry, I don't know their weights for sure.
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We put out round bales 2 horses go through a 800lb bale in 7 days. The other horse a 800lb round bale last him 3 weeks hes by himself doesnt get along with other two horses.

When its below zero the two can go through a round bale in 5 days. When were going to have below zero for 2 weeks or better we put out 3 or 4 rounds for the two horses and put out 2 for the other horse. Bobcat doesnt like to start when below zero so have to put out enough hay for sometimes 2 to 3 weeks at a time.

All three are quarterhorses stocky built ages are 27 ,10,13 years old. We go through 28 rounds a winter put up 36 so i have left over hay to get through to next haying season.
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I know it depends on the actual horse itself but how much hay do you guys think a 15.2 cob/cobby type would go through a day in winter, stabled most of the day, not working? (concrete yard, no fields,no arena and no roadwork etc due to weather)
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I believe the minimum recommended weight of hay is 2. - 2.5% of his body weight. Access to free-choice hay 24-7 is best, imho. Horses need to be able to graze constantly, especially when stalled.
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I believe the minimum recommended weight of hay is 2. - 2.5% of his body weight. Access to free-choice hay 24-7 is best, imho. Horses need to be able to graze constantly, especially when stalled.
This is pretty close to our actual use. In the coldest part of the winter (rarely below 20°F) our horses (out 24x7) eat between 2.5-3% of their weight each day. On those days they are at the round bale eating for a good part of the day.
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16 year old standardbred, 15.3h; a bale of hay a day -- about 50-60 lbs I'd say. Plus a cup of oats, just to say. She doesn't need the oats. The oats are used as a routine/training/check up thing.

Winters here are average -16 celcius, with the coldest days being around -40. She is outside 24/7 with free access to full shelter.

I had another horse that was a hard keeper and she had free access to hay, but if I gave my current mare free access she'd be a tub. :)
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I try to feed free choice, Candy gets about 28 lbs (15.2 hard keeper in moderate work) and Casey gets 20 lbs (14.2 hand moderatley easy keeper in light work).

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My horse (9 years old, 15hh, QHxAndalusian, ~950 lbs, stalled with ~4 hours of daily turnour) gets ~20 lbs of hay per day, year round. Last winter was my first winter with him, and while I did throw him a little extra when it was really cold, it only goes below freezing a few times each winter. He was unblanketed, but grows a thick winter coat.
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