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    05-14-2010, 01:42 AM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
All I'm saying is, if the BO tells me on the phone that they get hay all day, I expect that to be the case. I have seen a lot of places this year, and it's amazing how many BO's will tell you whatever you want to hear over the phone, or even in person, only to later change their tune once you're horse is there. I have been at several places that have free choice hay, and I am also in CT, so they do exist, even at $7 a bale.
So could be said for boarders...how many times have I hear.."oh he is an easy keeper" then comes with a list longer then my families groceries for the month!! Or "I'm easy to get along with"...and they turn into Paris Hilton on crack....

Also in regards to free choice hay...In winter I feed rounds, or large sqaures, but in warmer months I only buy the small squares so I still feed free choice hay, but does that mean that the horses have hay in front of them EVERY second of the day?? No it does not.
It means that they will have access to hay the MAJORITY of the day. If usuing a percentage Id say 98% of the time....

For example...Horses go out and are fed 3-4 flakes/horse, and it is replenished through out the day as required. This is to ensure that they do not waste hay that they cannot finish during their allotted time out. And it also ensures that we can check on them periodically through out the day when the hay is being replenished. I find that places that toss a whack load of hay out to horses, just never go to check on them to make sure everyone is still in one piece...as there is no reason too, plus one gets busy doing other things and forgets....but when you have to replenish hay on a rotating basis, it helps to ensure that doesn't happen.

So for instance... when I go for lunch the horses are tossed hay again if they need/as required...if the horse finish his hay while im at lunch...could he be out of hay for 20 minutes? Quite possibly...but he would get fed again when I returned from lunch.
I don't have the man power or the time to sit and watch your horse and toss him hay the second he is done. But I will ensure he has ample hay in a timely and adequate fashion. So IMO that constitutes hay all day, as for the 10 hours he's out he will probably have hay 9 of those hours, the other hour, is the 10-15 made up through out the day that he had to wait for his next flakes to be tossed...in IMO that is more then acceptable.
     
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    05-14-2010, 11:37 PM
  #22
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Maverick101    
So could be said for boarders...how many times have I hear.."oh he is an easy keeper" then comes with a list longer then my families groceries for the month!! Or "I'm easy to get along with"...and they turn into Paris Hilton on crack....

Lol aint that the truth!!!!
     
    05-14-2010, 11:45 PM
  #23
Banned
Finding a good stable is really difficult in this area. Everything around me is either top-notch dressage barn with a huge lighted heated indoor ring or a cow barn with horses. Since im a bartender, the big barn isn't in my budget (nor my style) but the cow barn isnt enough for nico (he would just chase cows all day!) So its all about finding what you and your horse need. Im totally cool with the bare basics (my horse has pasture, shelter, feed and fresh clean water) but you and yours may not be. My only requirement for any barn outside of meeting my horses basic needs (he truely is the easiest of easy keepers and could survive on air) is access to trails. Figure out what you can live with and what you can't live without. Start there and add in extras but know that they cost a good bit more
     
    05-16-2010, 04:02 PM
  #24
Trained
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Originally Posted by Maverick101    
So could be said for boarders...how many times have I hear.."oh he is an easy keeper" then comes with a list longer then my families groceries for the month!! Or "I'm easy to get along with"...and they turn into Paris Hilton on crack....
No argument there. I am very upfront with barns that my horse does well with lots of forage and turns into a skeleton otherwise. I also supply fat supplements to help keep his weight up so it's not all on the BO. I can see where it would suck to be mis-led by a boarder as much as it is the other way around.
     

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