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post #1 of 4 Old 01-07-2020, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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What does everyone do with the feed that is left over in the feed buckets? I've gone back and forth with this and can't decide. I have an old mini that I feed at 6a and when I go out at 4p to feed again she still has grain in her bucket. I was dumping it but it adds up so I don't know if I should be dumping it or just add her evening grain to it? I can't subtract how much is left in the bucket from what I'm feeding because it's mixed with her other feed. She also gets her supplements in the evening feed. When I go out in the morning though, it's empty so she's eating all her grain by morning so I'm not sure it matters? Can I just leave the leftovers in her bucket and let her eat at her leisure? She has 24/7 access for hay, water and mineral block as well. She is old and a hard keeper which is why I keep her on grain and supplements, she doesn't keep weight on hay alone.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-07-2020, 10:07 PM
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Well could you feed her slightly less in the morning and slightly more in the evening? If she was mine, I would try this and if I didn't receive empty buckets I would reduce feed overall. Is she on grass?
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-07-2020, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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No grass. Being winter with snow/ice on the ground and a history of foundering, I've just taken her off it altogether for now, she will have very limited grass in the summer.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-08-2020, 10:38 AM
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If it is dry and was not served moist or wet then measure and use that as the base for your evening feed. Say you feed 2 pounds and what is left is 1/2 pound - then add the supplements and 1 1/2 pounds - if she is eating it all at night. If this is every day then figure out how much she is leaving and subtract that from that feed. So if she normally gets 2 pounds only give her 1 1/2. As long as she is not losing weight then not a problem - if she is then you may need to look at different feeds for palatability or moistening feed if she prefers that.

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