I recently heard that it's a good idea to weigh your hay before feeding to make sure that you are giving the appropriate amount - approx. 2% of horse body weight. Have you done this or heard of it before?
I used to weigh my hay, but my arm "calibrated" pretty quickly so now I basically tell by feel when I've fed enough, if I'm not feeding free choice. I do weigh grain daily, though. Even within the same bag I find that a scoop from the top of the bag can weigh differently than a scoop from the bottom of the bag.
I've weighed hay in the past for exact numbers for pony club record books, but recently its more of a feel... Its pretty easy to get a general idea of bale weight and then from there I go by feel of individual flakes depending on the bale... However my horses get free choice hay most of the year so I don't always feed a specific amount anyway.
No, but I know how much our bales weigh. I feed according to that. If our bales weight 50-60 lbs (average for most grass hay around here), then I know I need to feed 1/2 a bale a day per horse for most of our horses (more for the bigger or more heavily worked horses).
I use round bales now though, so no need to weigh or figure weight. They're out in the pasture with free access to them. I need to work a few of my horses more though, as they eat more than they really need, lol.
I have always weighed my hay using a set of digital fish scales (before soaking the hay). I have been doing this method for 11 years and it bugs me as I still can not guess the weight just by hand. The scales sometimes runs out of batteries and I try to guess only to find out I am way out. So I really envy the people with this skill I am very jealous of you. LOL. Nor can I level something by eye. I also find it easy using the scales when I need to alter the food weight due to my old man being too fat (like at the moment) to on the lean side. All hay is different weight as well; I find Lucerne Hay is a lot heavier compared to grassy hay. Cheers.:lol: