Hi. I have a couple of questions regarding how much to feed my horse during the winter. I live in southeast Michigan where there’s been little to no snow. It’s been around 25-40 degrees. Our pasture isn’t the greatest and my horse won’t get much nutrients from it. A lot of it is weeds and dead grass now. She gets a whole bale per day in a slow feed net and about a cup of grain just to mix in with her joint supplement once a day. The bales weigh about 35-40 pounds each. One bale lasts her one day. Due to my previous busy schedule, she is fed hay once a day. But now taking a couple of online classes, I now have more free time, but only after 12 pm. I heard that the rule of thumb is that a horse eats about 2-2.5% of their bodyweight. I’m pretty sure 2.5% of my horse’s body weight isn’t 35-45lbs. She’s a leanly built 15 hand horse with a bit of chunkiness (or maybe it’s her coat making her look chunky). Also, our financial situation isn’t doing so well which is forcing me to rehome her. We have no source of income right now, so properly rationing our hay will help save money a lot rather than letting $6/day be inhaled so easily. I think I remember trying to give her a smaller ration of hay (about half a bale), but she went through it so quickly, even with a slow feed net. Am I over feeding her? Is there a better feeding schedule to better ration hay? How long is it okay for my horse to go without forage in the winter (or a better way to slow her down)? What are your suggestions? I understand how weather can factor a lot of how much she needs. When the weather’s nasty or really cold, I put her hay nets inside the barn with extra hay. Thank you in advance.