From: Barb Peck
I agree that between 1-2% (of total body weight) should be fed in the form of dry matter. But as far as grass is concerned, some of you may be surprised to hear that in the spring, grass can be up to 75% water in this part of the country. That means a horse can and will eat 100lbs of grass if not
monitored. Grasses vary in different parts of the country, and more importantly, their nutritional varys widely also. I think that feeding practices, can, do and should vary, depending on what part of the country you live in even though the horses are all used in the same way (in this case Endurance).
And a quick note to Karen about her
horse turning his nose up at soaked Oats & Barley. My horses won't eat a soaked *single* grain of any kind, but
soak some sweet feed and they really go
for it. Horses have a pretty decerning palate. They'll go for what tastes good first, just like any other animal-