Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Lori, $350/ton for alfalfa isn't bad. Buy a ton of that and feed about 10 - 15 lbs/day (2 or 3 feedings) and then give them 5 lbs or so of grass at night. Also, look into getting Omolene 400, it's a complete feed and saved my biscuits when we had no hay at all here in OK, during our bad drought.
Are the horses being fed in high amounts of work? Or are they large horses?
We have 3 horses- 14.1hh, thick built 15hh, and 15.3hh each.
In the dead of eastern WA winter, at -14 below, I don't think I even feed them that much hay, and they do not get blankets or grains.
Right now they are getting 10 lbs each per day, with only 1 kitchen measuring cup of alfalfa pellets wetted per day to put vitamins in. I think I feed 12-15 each per day at most in winter.
No real grazing in their living pasture, with occasional few hours worth of grazing subbed for a meal about 4-5 days per week right now. That will stop in a month as the ground dries out too much to support enough grass regrowth in the other pastures.
None of the 3 are hurting for weight. Actually the 2 smaller ones are closer to tubby, while the 15.3hh is older and bottom of the pecking order, so he is perfectly weighted. (This is all according to our vet as well.)
I will say we don't ride much in winter as the ground is nasty below the snow and also right now we aren't riding much because we have been too busy. But even when they get ridden a bit more, we don't still need to increase much past that.
My only point behind all that information is to ask if they could just be fed less hay to help it go farther?