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post #1 of 7 Old 06-16-2010, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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How much feed

In everyone's experience with boarding, do boarding facilities usually feed each horse the same amount or do boarders specify how much feed their horse gets at each feeding. I know how much feed should be based on the horses body weight, age, and work load but I didn't know if boarding facilities just gave each horse the same amount. And if so how much is a balance to give each horse?
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-16-2010, 04:40 PM
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No, a good boarding barn won't give the same amount of feed to each animal.

They usually tailor it to each individual horse and its needs, plus other factors such as height, weight, in exercise or not, easy keeper or not, etc.

There is no cut and dried amount.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-16-2010, 10:52 PM
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Agreed. Most boarders come with a set feeding plan anyway. It can change of course, according to the stuff Speed Racer listed, but I don't know anyone who doesn't have strong opinions on what to feed their horse ;)
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-17-2010, 08:56 PM
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What everyone else said.

If you find a barn that does feed every horse the same thing/amount, avoid it! LOL

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-18-2010, 07:48 AM
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Never encountered a boarding barn that simply fed all the horses the same amount. That would probably not work well.
I suppose if it is a self care place and the barn provides 2 flakes of hay 2x per day and it is the owners responsibility to provide anything else that would work and that would qualify as the barn giving all the horses the same amount.

Many boarding barns have a limit to the amount that is included in the board. If your horse requires more than that you will have to pay extra for it.
Also, most barns have restrictions on what they will provide as far as types/brands of feed.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-19-2010, 06:34 PM
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Our barn feeds about the same to each horse as far as hay goes with the exception of a few horses that get more than 2 flakes of hay per feeding. Grain is different though, each horse gets different amounts, some don't get any and some have a bunch of supplements added.

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