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I was called out to farm yard to review a horse that had started to lose weight. The owner described to me the the horse had actually been diagnosed through ulcers, so her vet recommended alfalfa hay. She purchased some nice quality second cutting, and had the test outcomes which showed the hay to be superior quality, and also containing 1Mcal (1000 calories) per pound. Thus, she might not number out wherein the hole in the feeding regime was the was bring about the horse to shed weight. 

In review, her horses diet was calculated at 21.5 Mcal per day, based upon his work-related schedule and body problem 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 human body weight per job in forage, or 20 pounds. The old hay had tested in ~ 800 calories per pound. We balanced the diet through 4 pounds that grain in ~ 1430 calories every pound, or 1.43 Mcal.

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

The owner described that she to be feeding the very same amount of hay as before, and also since it was such an excellent quality, it had actually to it is in a grain problem.

When we calculated his old diet, every flake the hay averaged 5 pounds each. That was exactly how we determined 4 flakes would certainly reach the 2% or 20 pound feed rate. Ns asked if she had actually weighed the new hay, and also she admitted she had not done for this reason yet.

To she surprise, when we weighed numerous flakes, they all averaged 3 pounds per flake. Once I verified 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 calories = 12Mcal (12,000 calories)

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

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