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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Hi Dr. Getty

Is it okey to over feed a horse hay?, How much water is required for a horse's body in one day?

Where are you from? Philipines

How did you locate this forum? surfing the net

Re: overfeeding

Hello Herbert,

If the hay is of good quality, you should let your horse have access to hay and/or pasture throughout the day. Horses need to be able to chew on forage as much as they want in order to neutralize stomach acid. So, I would not worry about overfeeding hay, as long as it is clean, fresh, and free of mold.

On average, the typical horse will drink 6 to 8 gallons of water each day. On hot days, or when exercised, they will drink more. They should have access to clean water at all times.

Thanks for writing,

Dr. Getty