How Much Hay To Feed A Horse In Winter

As grass dwindles down and pastures dry out in the fall, horse owners must consider winter-feeding habits. How much hay should you feed a horse in winter?


Nutritional Needs

Horses are natural foragers, meant to graze and draw nutrition from roughage. Typically, horses will eat 1.5-2% of their body weight in roughage each day. Of course, this is only ...

Forage and Winter Weather

Many horse owners are concerned about their horse’s comfort and warmth during the winter. However, horses were around long before stalls and blankets.

Other Factors

Some horses have never been on pasture, many for medical reasons. In some stables, owners elect to only feed hay cubes to cover nutritional needs in a controlled manner. Regardless of ...

Although a horse’s forage requirement will likely remain 1.5-2% of their body weight, expect some increase in the winter regardless of your planned feed set-up.


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