Horse hay needs differ; depends on age, weight, work

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By Levi Berg

Winter is almost here, and if you’re a horse owner, you should already be preparing your winter hay supplies. One question I usually receive is “How much hay will I need?” My answer will never be simple. Every horse will have different nutritional requirements depending on stage of life, but for this article I will focus on a mature horse at light work. A mature horse at light work to maintenance should be receiving mainly a forage-based diet, and a 1,100-pound horse eats around 2 percent of its body weight. That equals 22 pounds of hay per day.

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