A horse can eat anywhere from 15-25 pounds of hay a day, which generally equates to a half of a 45/50-pound square bale of hay per day (~15-30 bales per month). Always remember to take into consideration the quality of your hay. If the nutrient quality is poor, then the horse will require more hay (by weight).
How long does a bale of hay last for one horse?
One round bale lasts about 8-10 days using our regular round bale hay net with 1.75″ holes. Without a net, a bale lasts approximately 5-6 days and half of it is wasted.
How much hay should a horse eat daily?
Response: An adult horse at maintenance will consume between 2 – 2.5% of their bodyweight in feed (hay and grain) each day. For example, a 1,000 pound horse fed a 100% hay diet would consume 25 pounds of hay each day.
How many tons of hay does a horse eat a month?
Registered. The “average” horse eats roughly 20 lbs of hay per day (although hard keepers may go through closer to 25 lbs daily). 20 lbs per day translates to about 600 lbs per month and 3.6 tons per year.
How much hay does a 1200 pound horse need?
How much alfalfa hay do you feed a 1,200 pound horse and how often? Horses can normally eat 1.5-2% of their body weight in hay, which equates to 18-24 lbs. of hay per day.
How long do round bale of hay last 2 horses?
Our horses are out 24×7 with free choice round bales, and assuming there is no pasture grass to eat, they (5 horses) will go through a 5×6 round bale in 5 days (so that would be around 12 days for 2 horses).
Can a horse survive on hay alone?
So to answer your question, yes, a horse can live on just hay and be perfectly healthy.
How many acres do you need for 2 horses?
In general, professionals recommend two acres for the first horse and an additional acre for each additional horse (e.g., five acres for four horses). And, of course, more land is always better depending on the foraging quality of your particular property (70% vegetative cover is recommended).
What hay is bad for horses?
Some hay types are particularly prone to high nitrate levels and should be avoided if there are options. These include: Sorghum, Sudan, Johnsongrass and Pearl Millet. High levels of simple carbohydrate (sugars, starch) are an issue for horses with insulin resistance and can occur in virtually any type of hay.
Which cutting of hay is best for horses?
The most common choice of hay is second cutting, but first cutting is also good for horses, plus it is usually cheaper than the other two. Choose hay that is soft, green, and leafy, with thin stems, so it is easier for horses to eat.
How much hay should a 1000 lb horse eat?
The average 1000 pound horse must eat approximately 10 to 20 pounds of hay every day according to LSU.
Why do horses put their hay in water?
If a horse has recently scratched his throat a little on some coarse forage, he may be adding water to his hay to make it easier to swallow. Dental problems. Dunking hay can soften it and make it easier to chew. If a horse has dental issues that cause pain he may discover that chewing wet hay feels better.
How long is hay good for?
You can store hay indefinitely if the stack is managed correctly; although, in humid climates, using hay within three years of harvest is ideal. Hay growers need to bale it at correct moisture levels because if it’s baled too damp the hay will generate heat, which leads to molding.
How long can horses go without hay?
Ideally, horses shouldn’t go more than 3-4 hours without foraging/grazing. I know my guys go longer periods during the evening, but they will still paw through the snow and find whatever they can to munch on.
Can too much alfalfa cause laminitis?
Alfalfa hay can cause horses to founder and develop laminitis due to the excess nutrients provided by the high quality hay if too much is fed.
How long should you wait to ride a horse after it eats?
Ideally, you should wait an hour or so after your horse has finished a meal before riding them. If you’re going to do something really strenuous, it should be closer to three hours. A full digestive system gives the horse’s lungs less room to work, and makes exercise much harder on them.