How much hay does a Horse needWhat amount of hay does a horse need?
We' ve recently bought a ranch and will accommodate our two quarter horse for the whole year. These are Trailhorses that are not rode in hibernation. Since I have always been on board my horse, I am not sure how much hay I need for the year. A grown horse consumes between 2-2.5% of its own daily food weights (hay and cereals).
A 1,000-pound horse that is 100% hay-fed, for example, would use 25 lbs of hay every single die. Between October 15th and May 15th (if there is no pastures in Minnesota), the horse would use about 5,350 lbs of hay or 2.7t. In the case of two dressage ponies, this amount would double; 214 small rectangular or 12 round balls.
It' important to know the bale weights; not all hay balls have the same weights. Had the same horse received 5 lbs of cereals every single working days, its hay requirements would be cut to 20 lbs per di. Between 15 October and 15 May, the horse consumes about 4,280 lbs of hay or 2.1 tonnes.
That is 86 fifty pounds of small square bale or five 900 pounds of round bale at that aeration. In the case of two dressage stallions, this amount would double; 172 small square or 10 round balls. Those estimations are based on the assumption that good hay is used in an automatic hay feed machine to reduce hay wastage. The hay drop when small square hay balls were not used (hay that had been used on the ground) was approx. 13% as opposed to only 1 to 5% when using a feed.
In the case of large round bales, the omission of an automatic hay feed unit resulted in 57% hay refuse in comparison to 5 to 33% hay refuse when using an automatic feed unit. It is always best to buy some more hay, as horsemen may need more hay during the colder winters (depending on their entrance to the shelter).
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