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Denzel

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Denzel says:

Hay Weight?

 I am going to change my horse off of haylage onto hay, but there is none of my current yard. Im trying to work out how much he will eat! 

I wondered if people that feed hay may be able to say (on average) how much they would say a flake of hay in a normal small bale weighs? I know its a guesstimate, but its a start! 

 

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soniadevereux

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Re: Hay Weight?

Depends on size of horse/ pony and what workload and if good doer or not. My mare ( with 8 month old foal still suckling occassionally) has 4-5 slices a night. The foal has 2-3 slices a night. Roobee the mare is a 15.3 appaloosa x and is quite a good doer, the foal stands  14.1 ( yes thats right!) and his father posibly was a trakhener. He is a good doer too but growing and filling out well.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Hay Weight?

At a rough estimate a normal horse if there is such a thing we worked out aprox 3 1/2 bales aweek fed at ad lib, thats been the rule of thumb all these years with me with different horses, but able to buy when needed and only kept about 4 weeks supply at any one time.

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Hay Weight?

My big warmblood has 26-30lb of hay a night and my TBx has 22-24.  They don't have much grazing at this time of year so need to "top up" while they're in.  It means between them they would probably use just over one small bale per night so that equates to roughly what Kevin is saying!

 

I think horses are supposed to consume something like 2.5% of their bodyweight per day in forage so for a 650kg horse like mine that's 36lb a day.  Obviously you can't calculate what grass they're eating so I aim that they have a little left in their haynets and on the floor each morning - too much and I cut it down, too little and I give them a bit more.  It may not be right but it works for my girls!

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Hay Weight?

 I work the same as Sarah. I feel relaxed if not all the hay is scoffed. 

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Hay Weight?

The weight of each section will depend on how tightly packed the hay is. If you want to know exactly how much you are feeding then way your haynet as you fill it.

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soniadevereux

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Re: Hay Weight?

sallyprice said:

 I work the same as Sarah. I feel relaxed if not all the hay is scoffed. 


 

I wish Roobee was like that. She will stand and just eat her hay until all gone. I know if i put a whole bale of hay in overnight it would still be all gone in the morning. She doesnt stop when she is full she keeps going! I put  6 large slices in friday at 4pm by 9 am it was all gone  every scrap!!! when i opened her door to give her the feed she took large mouthfuls like she was starving. I have put hay in haylage nets to slow her down. I know its all eaten in 3-4 hours.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Hay Weight?

In answer to your question Denzel, a slice of hay weighs about 2kg (I weigh mine religiously!).  On the haylage packets it says feed the same weight, but because there is more moisture in haylage I believe one needs to feed more weight in haylage than hay.  So if you're gonna be changing to hay, then I would say you could feed less in weight of hay than you are currently doing in haylage.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Hay Weight?

Now I don't want to cause an argument but everyone's bale of hay slice will weigh different, some bales when you pick them up are so heavy then others light, and the size of slice differs as well its how the farmer sets the hay cutting machine. I like many others feed ad lib and feed off the floor steamed hay or soaked hay.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Hay Weight?

Think the poster is just after "on average" answer - and as you say you can get tightly and loosley packed hay.

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Jane Menzies

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Jane Menzies says:

Re: Hay Weight?

I used to feed mine 2 slices of hay a night, he's a 14.1hh but went up to three when I was soaking it.  he has a one of those haynets that have very small holes (elim-a-net) and I allowed a bale and half a week generally to two a week when I was doing the feed ordering for him.  We used to use a spring balance weigh thing but it is 2.5 per cent generally of the horses' weight unless of course they need to lose weight, in that case 2 per cent.  Am at new yard now and it is ad-lib forage, but as you are going from haylage (never used it myself) which I believe you need to feed more of and also it has to be used up quicker, you will probably need to feed less hay, but just see how it goes.

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