How much hay should a Horse Eat in a DayWhat amount of hay should a horse eat in one day?
Feeding your horse by weight, not by size.
From a historical point of view, most horse-owning companies have either invented or learnt the techniques of shovel and hay flake feed. As a rule, feed by volumetric area leads to an overfeed. When you overfeed, your horse not only gains your own strength, but you also spend more on gaining and maintaining that additional amount of energy.
Fodder, mixtures and supplements must be supplied according to your own personal weights. Day-to-day nutritional needs depend on your own personal weights and levels of productivity such as your growing, pregnant, lactating and active lifestyle. When you are hay (or pasture) and a balanced commercially available food mixture to keep your horse in good health, then you are on the right track.
Although there are still so many commercially available foods today, there are still horse farmers who are mixing their own produce to keep theirs. Easy samples of different measurement of feeding by weights and volumes are provided for reference. It is likely that the fact that a small cup of tea from every food product weights one ounce comes from the first cup of tea with one ounce of it.
Two ounces of the 16 ounce can stuffed with oat also weighted 1 lb, so the "coffee pot stuffed with each food must be weighing one lb. Feedingstuffs have different density, which is reflected in different loads per vol. To see the different horse foods and hay bins please click here. Chart 1 shows the mass of a quarter of several feedingstuffs, the amount of calories per pounds and the overall amount of indigestible calories for a quarter of each feedingstuff.
Notice that a quarter of oat has twice the size of a quarter of white bran (1. 0 lb vs. 0. 5 lbs). Looking at the far right gap, it can be seen that oat provides almost twice as much calories as white radish (1.3 vs. 0.7 Mcal DE).
Now, you should check the two food packages A & B. A quarter of pellet A has 23% more mass (1. 6 vs. 1. 3 lbs) and 50% more power (2. 4 vs. 1. 6 Mcal DE) than pellet B. The result of this chart is that the same volume is not the same mass or the same amount of power.
Comparisons of volumetric and gravitational principles also apply to the feed of hay. Hay's feed value varies according to hay size, hay types, number of fluffs, hay ripeness and cut. As an example, a ball of hay on the eastern shore can be between 45 and 60 pounds, as opposed to 90-130 pounds on the western shore.
On average, if an eastern coastline 50 lb bales of hay would be 13 fluffs, then each fluff would be three. In comparison to a 110 lb ball of hay on the western shore with an average of 16 fluffs per ball, each fluff would be 6. The westcoat fluff is about 80% heavy as the eastern seas.
Of a more convenient approximation, let's liken a 90 lbs ball of Bermuda Grasheu to a 115 lbs-ball. Every ball has 16 fluffs. In order to make sure your horse gets the right amount of hay, verify the ball count and the mean number of fluffs per ball for each hay cargo.
Shovel or flake fodder feeds work as long as the food volumes to be feeded are known to weigh.