The summer camp I work at does this. We currently have 35 or more horses there and don't have the means to feed each one separately without big fights (they are pasture kept, not stabled individually). There are very large troughs and we feed by the bucket full. Once a pecking order is established, there isn't a whole lot of fighting. Maybe the occasional spat when one horse tries to butt in and eat before it's his or her turn, but they all get enough.
Abby is fed this way in a separate pasture with only 6 (give or take. Some are moved into the camp herd because they were once camp horses now owned by staff) other horses. I would love for her to be taken out and given her supplements (SmartCalm and UGard, nothing absolutely important, just precautionary against ulcers she's had before), but it became a total hassle because most mornings they aren't even near the fence and at 7am, I am not in the mood to go chasing after my grumpy mare that won't eat her supplements from a bucket with some grain while being watched by other horses. So until August, she won't have them, but she hasn't shown nearly the anxiety she has in the past while at camp.
If he's easy to catch and tie up so he can eat separately, I would ask. It would definitely help you keep tabs on how much he is actually eating in case something health-wise came up and he wasn't eating like normal or just to maintain a specific weight.
Last edited by Poseidon; 06-30-2011 at 12:49 AM.