Re: body weight and feed intervals
Glad to hear that Reuban is feeling better although I know that feeling of "But not so much".
> http://www.shady-acres.com/susan/conditionscore.shtmlFeed 2% of ideal bodyweight per horse per day in hay/BP. Less than that and the body goes into a conservation mode and will not lose weight. Here's a link to how to figure out actual body condition:
First, **How on earth do I determine IDEAL body weight for these guys??That is the eternal question we all face. Generally, a body condition score of 5 on the Henneke scale is appropriate.
I put a weight tape on both horses. Just barely had enough tape!I hear you on that one. All of us with drafts/draf crosses deal with this issue. Those tapes really should be made longer.
If the standard is now firmly 2% of IDEAL, how do I determine that?2% of ideal is for maintainenece at that weight. If you have a horse who needs to lose weight, figure out 2% of ideal; 1.5% of current and then feed whichever is the larger amount.
Second, what is an acceptable interval between meals for severely IRhttp://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ECHistory5/files/Cindy%20M%2C%20CV%2C%20CA/
If you could get and post pics of both horses - left and right sides, rears and fronts we can give you a hand with determining whether they are heavy/light or just right.
Lavinia, Dante, George Too and Peanut
Jan 05, RI
EC Support Team