Weight of alfalfa cubes?
Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:00 PM
Our new horse comes home next week and his alfalfa was fed by quanity, not weight. I dont feed alfalfa cubes, I feed chopped bagged alfalfa instead. I worry about choke and with the chopped I dont have to soak. I dont want to buy a bag of cubes just to weigh 6 and 8 of them.
LTD'S DOMINGO - 2000 AMHR Gelding
ZARZUELAS MODIGLIANI - 2007 AMHA/AMHR Stallion
RHA JUMPING JACK FLASH - 2011 AMHR/ASPC Colt
Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:21 PM
Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:49 PM
Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:59 PM
The thing is cubes are not just different sizes but also different densities. What I am talking about is you may get cubes that are really pressed tight and real hard (can hardly break them) and sometimes they are loose and crumbly. They are much to inconsistent of product to say 6-8 cubes weigh this much.
Correct which is what I was trying to say. Is there anyway the previous owners can weigh them for you?
If I had to guess you can go from anywhere to .25 to .50 of a pound. But thats just a guess.
Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:01 PM
Stallions: Little Kings Cat on Top, Paper Mache`
Mares: Misty, Tana, Showy, Caddy, Bonny, Dolly and Baybe
Geldings: Dakota, Jasper, Monte and Manny
Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:35 PM
I would ask the owner to weigh the current feed. Otherwise, I'd just give the horse 1.5% of his body weight in hay once he arrives and adjust from there. (Horses should get a minimum of 1% of their body weight per day... hard keepers or horses getting regular work may require up to 2%).