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I was dubbed out to farm to evaluation a horse that had actually started to lose weight. The owner explained to me the the horse had actually been diagnosed v ulcers, so she vet recommended alfalfa hay. She purchased some nice quality second cutting, and also had the test outcomes which showed the hay to be outstanding quality, and containing 1Mcal (1000 calories) per pound. Thus, she might not number out where the hole in the feeding routine was that was causing the equine to lose weight. 

In review, her horses diet to be calculated in ~ 21.5 Mcal per day, based on his work-related schedule and also body condition score:

4 flakes that timothy hay per day4 pounds that grain every day

Since the steed weighed in at 1000 pounds, we chose to go v 2% that his body weight per work in forage, or 20 pounds. The old hay had tested at 800 calories every pound. We balanced the diet through 4 pounds the grain in ~ 1430 calories per pound, or 1.43 Mcal.

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Forage = 16 McalGrain = 5.7 McalTotal = 21 .7 Mcal

The owner described that she was feeding the very same amount the hay as before, and since it was such great quality, it had actually to be a serial problem.

When we calculated his old diet, every flake that hay average 5 pounds each. That was exactly how we identified 4 flakes would reach the 2% or 20 lb feed rate. Ns asked if she had weighed the brand-new hay, and she admitted she had not done therefore yet.

To her surprise, when we weighed number of flakes, they all average 3 pounds per flake. Once I confirmed her the math, the problem was obvious:

1 Flake timothy hay 5lb
x 4 flakes per day = 20 pounds every day x 800 calorie = 16Mcal (16,000 calories)1 Flake Alfalfa hay 3lb
x 4 flakes per day = 12 pounds per day x 1000 calorie = 12Mcal (12,000 calories)

With that an easy change in hay, she had reduced her horse’s caloric entry by 4,000 calories per day over the previous month. Equipped with this new information, adding much more flakes that hay to the daily ration put the horse right earlier on track.

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