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post #11 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 01:12 PM
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I don't know the weight on our rounds but they are 5X6 Orchard grass rounds and I had a crew of 4 last year and they went through a bale in 5-7 days depending on the temperature. They ranged in size from a stocky 14.1 - 16 hand draft cross & 16.1 TB mare.

If you want to calculate it out they will go through 1.5-3% of their weight in hay per day. A horse must have 1% of their weight in hay just to keep their gut happy - above that to hold weight depends on the type of horse. My easy keeping haflinger that I had for years thrived and still was a touch fluffy on 1.5% of his weight in the winter time. My TB mare seems to do best on 2.5-3% of her weight in hay. The rest are around the 2% mark it seems. I only worried about this when feeding squares - when they are on rounds they get free choice.

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My three get free choice round bale mixed grass. They go through 700+ lbs a week.

I will be feeding fodder this winter (instead of grain) to make sure they get the vitamins and protein they need.
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 02:44 PM
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I feed appx 20 lbs of hay per day for average 1000 lb horse. It's a alfalfa/orchard grass mix of 60/40 (+/- on percentages)
These are stalled horses with about half active. All horses are nice and healthy.
In the winter I will add more alfalfa to their diet (mine)
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-31-2017, 11:54 AM
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How much are you feeding? I'm in exactly the same position as you, concrete yard, no field etc. I've got a Welsh D X, 15.1 and in very light work (I'm in Ireland too), mostly due to weather. I don't know wether to feed adlib or ration it as she's a good-doer. I hate to see the horses standing around with no food!
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-31-2017, 04:51 PM
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2% of desired body weight is the average.

If the horse is living a sedentary life for the winter (not in work), if won't hurt to see a rib showing. You could Google "Henneke body weight scale" for reference.

I have a horse that is 16.1H and another that is 15.3. Both are easy keepers, the 15.3H guy is insulin resistant.

They are on pasture ~7 hours daily, this time of year.

My hay is orchard grass and the bales average 45-50 pounds each.

Both horses together eat between half to three fourths of a bale thru the night.

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post #16 of 19 Old 01-31-2017, 05:13 PM
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My gelding is a 17/17.1 thoroughbred. He's going on nine next month, and has been in medium work (3-4 days a week, 50 min - 1 hr long sessions) over the winter. He gets 12 hr turnout, 5am to 5pm (0500-1700) and goes through about 25 - 30 lbs of hay: he gets 10 lbs of alfalfa (2 string bales - medium flakes) and 15-20 lbs of grass/orchard mix (3 string bales - large flakes). He gets a grass flake at 5am, an alfalfa and a grass at 7am, another small grass flake at noon, then two alfalfa (or one large) and a grass at 6pm. All his hay is put in a 1" opening hay net for a 'slow feed' effect. He usually finishes his hay net about an hour before the next feeding, so he eats almost continuously. He also is on 3 oz of Renew Gold in the am, and 5oz at dinner time (plus his Rx allergy medication, a joint medication, and hoof/coat supplement).
He grows almost no coat, so wears a light sheet almost year round (save for the rare 65* degree (Fahrenheit) or higher temps we get in june/july/august) and if it drops below the low 30s he gets a medium weight added, particularly at night. If it gets into the low 20s or teens, which it did a handful of times this winter, I add a light hood too.

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-31-2017, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by cobra View Post
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.
I could never give my horses free choice hay. They're both around 14.2 and around 900-1000 lbs and would look like giant balls with sticks if they could eat as much as they want! However, I agree that the more they can graze, the better. Which is why I use slow-feeder hay nets. So they still nibble most of the day, but don't overeat. Also, you need to factor in grain. Mine only get a little bit of hay cubes to mix in supplements, but any grain you feed must be factored into the total amount your horse will get.

I feed about 20- 25 lbs of hay per horse per day.
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-31-2017, 10:00 PM
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I think about 20 pounds of hay per horse in addition to about 5 pounds of grain.
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-21-2017, 05:37 PM
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Easy keepers

Our horses are on round bales during the winter months but on slow feeders. They are easy keepers but we want them to be able to still graze all day all while working for their food.
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