- ZotsRuleLv 72 months ago
Intake of WHAT? Air? Water? Grain? Hay?
- zephania666Lv 72 months ago
Horses vary all over the place, just like people. Some are easy keepers; some are hard. Then it's going to depend on what you feed and how much exercise the horse gets.
As a general rule, a horse should get about 2% of his body weight in roughage - that's hay, or an equivalent amount of grass (which will weigh more because of the moisture in it).
For an 1100 pound horse, that's about 22 pounds of hay per day.
To figure out the grain, just run to your local feed store and check out the grain you want to feed him. On the package, it will suggest how much to feed a horse of various sizes at various activity levels.
That's your start point.
You feed this amount of grain and hay for a couple weeks. If the horse is losing weight, feed it more. If it's getting fat, feed it less.
He'll also take in 7-10 gallons of water a day.
- 2 months ago
Depends entirely on the use, natural temperament and natural appetite of the horse, as well as what you're feeding. If you're not sure what to feed your horse, consult an equine nutritionist or look at using a website that provides a feed calculator.
That being said, a horse with a normal appetite will eat around 2-2.5% of its body weight in feed a day, which would be 10-12.5kg a day (22-28lbs) for a 500kg (roughly 1100lb) horse. A horse with a poor appetite may only consume 1.5-2% of their body weight, whereas one with a good appetite may eat as much as 2.5-3%. Depending on workload, this should be provided majorly in the form of forage (hay, haylage, alfalfa, etc., depending on where in the world you are based). A horse should never eat less than 1-1.5% of their body weight in forage in a day.