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Feeding Horses Hay - How Much Hay Does a Horse Eat?

By May 10, 2011

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One of the most common questions about feeding hay to horses is how much to feed. How Much Hay Does a Horse Eat? answers that question.
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The next question however is; how much of a small square bale is that? What you will have to do is weigh an average bale of hay. It should weigh approximately 60 lbs or 23 kg. The exact weight will depend on how dry the hay is, how long the bales are and how tightly packed they are. Next, count how many flakes are in the bale. There are usually about 12. Now divide the weight of the bale by the number of flakes in it. You'll now be about to calculate the approximate number of flakes you should feed your horse daily. Remember to feed in as many small portions as possible.

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September 28, 2012 at 12:46 am
(1) christina says:

This does not tell me how much has to feed my horse only how much is in a bale. Never answered the question

September 28, 2012 at 7:33 am
(2) Katherine says:

If you follow the link mentioned, you’ll find how to calculate how much to feed.

November 14, 2012 at 9:48 am
(3) HorseMom says:

TRUE!! Very good information w/ link included…:)

February 9, 2014 at 1:03 am
(4) Zef says:

The amount of hay that horse requires varies due to many factors (e.g. age, weight, activity level, health, gender, breed, how much grass it is able to eat, how much concentrate (oats, corn, dry mix, etc) you feed it, etc.

In general though, an average adult quater horse will eat between 8 to 15 pounds of hay per day. It’s usually best to give it to the animal now fewer than twice per day with it’s concentrate ration.

If the horse starts to get a bit heavy, work it harder or gradually cut back on the feed that you give to it, If it looks too thin than gradually increase it’s total food amount.

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