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How much feed do horses eat a day or week?

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Feed for horses can be divided into three categories: pasture, hay and concentrates:

The most natural food for horses is good quality pasture. Most mature pleasure horses doing light work will do well on pasture alone if they have sufficient grazing. However, horses are selective grazers and need a large area to meet their nutritional needs.

Hay is the basic food of domestic horses. Only feed good quality hay to horses. Make sure the bales are green and dust and mold free.

Hay alone cannot provide enough nutrition for hard-working horses, pregnant and nursing mares, or growing youngsters. They need concentrates to supplement the hay. However, hay should still provide the bulk of the diet. Feeding too much grain can cause problems.

Horses also need lots of drinking water and an adequate amount of salt and minerals

The amount of food a horse needs will depend on such things as size, breed, age, and activity. In cold weather, a horse living outside needs more food just to keep warm.

As a general rule, a horse needs 2 to 2.2 pounds of feed for every 100 pounds of body weight. (You can buy a weight tape to measure how much your horse weighs.) For example, an average 1000 lb horse would need 20 to 25 pounds of feed a day. Most of that should be hay. A typical diet for a horse being ridden for one hour five days a week would be 2 to 5 pounds of grain and 15 to 20 pounds of hay a day, split into at least two separate meals.


Now, why the (*^() are you asking us instead of some horse/animal/vet site?

On the off-chance that you're talking about some type of SL 'horse' object it would be nice if you'd a) said so, b) told us which type/creation/system it's programmed for, c) remembered that everything in SL is resident-created so there is no standard "horse" we'd all know about

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