May 10, 2002, Newsletter Issue #74: Popular Tips For May

Tip of the Week

The general rule of thumb is a little often. A horseīs stomach is only about 1 to 3 gallons in size and therefore, they should be fed, a little, very frequently.

The rough rule of thumb is 3% of the horseīs total body weight. Feed according to the rule of thumb but monitor the condition....making sure that the hip area is well covered with flesh and the ribs and shoulders as well.

Though you must beware (especially with some breeds) of overfeeding, there are just as many breeds that require alot more than the normal rule of thumb!!

The horse MUST HAVE CLEAN WATER AVAILABLE TO IT AT ALL TIMES!

The factors that effect that ratio are:

easy keeper vs. poor keeper of weight;
amount of exercise daily;
placid temperment vs nervous (hot);
type of hays given: (alfalfa or timothy or local hay);
type of grains fed: complete, natural grain or extruded grains;
age;
growth period;
gestating or lactating mare;
stallion;
whether or not pasture is available;
stabled, blanketed or out in weather.

If you need any further assistance, donīt hesitate to ask.

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