Re: How do you feed hay?
Im currently having to re think my hay situation, my pony 13.3h chuncky native 4 years old lives out durning the day around 8am until 4pm then comes in at night, we only have small fields and the winter turn out fields and very churned up at the moment. bobs set up is a little complicated he has 3 days on his own with a very small, small holed hay net , the type that fits in 2 slices of hay, then he has 3 days with another pony and they have 1 large net between them, just on the floor, then swap back to on his own and at night he has four slices of hay in a medium sized small holed hay net. I thought we were doing ok, but the vets just been to see a goat this evening and i asked her to look at bob, he is still over weight, ugg, im so fed up.
So my plan
go down to 1 slice in the field during the day, at least until the grass starts to come through
go down to 3 slices in the evening, with one slice of straw mixed in, but im going to get some rubber matting, take away his straw bed which he eats at night. Im going to buy/make lots of intresting things i can put small amounts of his evening food in, and dot them around his stable, he has a massive stable and im just not making use of it, i want him to move and mooch at night and not just stand at his net then move on to his bed.
I cant give him any less than this surely? would love to hear how much ponys similar to my lad get, maybe my portions are way out. He goes on hacks at the weekend and has a mixture of freelunging and riding in the paddock durning the week, i will be upping his exercise now though.
any ideas much appreciated, in the spring,summer and autum he will be on resricted grassing using electric fencing