Bales of forage vary in size and weight all across the country. Forage should be fed by weight, and not by volume. 1.5% to 2.5% of the horses body weight per day depending on his activity level. Compressed bales of forage are no different. We recommend cutting the bands 8 – 10 hours prior to feeding, this allows air to flow through the bale and help it to expand into its natural flakes. Flakes should be weighed and fed according to your horses daily dietary requirements.