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How much to feed

Your horse’s workload will have a bearing on the type of feed you choose and the proportion of forage to concentrates.  Here we give you a rough guide along with suggested Digestible Energy levels to choose.  Be careful not to over-estimate your horse’s workload – we have given guidelines for workload beside each level to help you choose.

The tables give recommended feeding amounts for concentrates (mixes or cubes), alongside forage according to your horse’s workload. 

If these amounts provide too many calories, so your horse gains weight or has too much energy, drop to a feed with a lower Digestible Energy (DE) content or cut back the amount fed and top up with a balancer to reduce calories while keeping the diet balanced.

Based on recommended quantities for a 500kg horse, here is a rough guide on varying the calorie levels of a horse's diet, while keeping nutrient levels fully balanced, by using a balancer alongside a mix or cube.

 

If you want an instant product recommendation, with quantities of how much to feed, try using our online Feed Finder now.

 

Horse and pony height/bodyweight ranges, in the tables below, are a guide only. Use a weightape or weighbridge for a more accurate guide to your horse or pony's bodyweight.  Alternatively, use a traditional measuring tape and the following calculation:

(Heart girth x Heart girth) x body length (point of shoulder to point of buttock) / 330 = Bodyweight in pounds.  Divide by 2.2 to give the weight in kilos.

 

NB:  "Fatties"/"get fat on thin air" types (overweight horses) should be fed a balancer rather than a mix or cube.  Look for Lo-Cal Balancer, Performance Balancer or Stud Balancer.

If you don't know what to choose, try using our online Feed Finder now to help you decide.

  • Digestible Energy is the estimated energy (calorie) content of the feed and is quoted on an “as fed” basis in Mega Joules per kilogram (MJ/kg). 
  • Feed by weight NOT volume.  Weigh the volume of feed that your particular scoop will hold. 
  • Our packaging, brochure and product pages on this website all tell you what a Stubbs scoop-full, of a particular feed, weighs.
  • Divide the total daily amount into as many feeds, per day, as you possibly can.  Keep meal sizes small for optimum digestion and to avoid overloading the horse’s system.  Do not exceed a total of 1½ - 2 kg (3½ -4 lbs) per feed for a horse and 1¼ - 1½ kg (3 - 3½ lbs), for a pony (including additional chaff or sugar beet pulp, if fed).
  • The feeding guidelines we offer are there to help you and your horse get the best out of the feed.  If you don’t feel you can follow them, get in touch with us to double check so we can help you provide the optimum diet for your horse.  You can call our friendly Nutrition team on 01371 850 247 (option 2), email nutrition@baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk or use our Feed Finder now for an instant recommendation.
  • The quantities we recommend are based on ensuring sufficient levels of vitamins, minerals and quality protein are delivered per day, alongside forage.  If you are feeding less than the recommended quantities so your horse does not get too fat or too difficult to handle, you would be best to try a lower energy/calorie feed instead, or simply top up with a balancer.