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May 16, 2009

Hay Feeding Recommendations

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Hi Cherry,

I have many of your books so know your hay feeding rule from them but when I read "How to Think Like a Horse", I went WOW ! that's a lot of hay. On page 7 it says, "I recommend feeding grass hay at least three times a day at a rate of 1.5 to 1.75 times the horse's body weight per day." I know this must be a mistake and just wanted to let you know.

Linda

 

Dear Linda,

How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry HillThanks for bringing that error to my attention ! How to Think Like a Horse came out in 2006 and is already in its tenth printing. So there are a lot of books out there with that error. My manuscript text got changed somehow in the production of the book and once the book came out nobody, not the publisher, the editor, the proof reader, not me, nor my husband ever noticed that it had been changed into an error ! EEK ! An author's worst nightmare.

BUT, it is so enormous of an error, that hopefully readers figured out it was wrong. Because if they followed that rule, the average 1000 pound horse would receive 1500 to 1750 pounds of hay per day !!!!!! So I am hoping nobody has been following my advice or we'd have a lot of enormous horses out there !

Luckily, in the book right after the error I give an example that should have helped somewhat ... it says "For a 1000 pound horse, that would be 15 to 17.5 pounds of hay per day, divided into three or more feedings."

What my manuscript originally said was "...1.5 to 1.75% of the horse's body weight..." but sometimes in the publishing process, symbols, such as the % sign, turn into odd characters and cause a problem.

Thanks again for bringing this up. It has been corrected for the next printing.

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