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post #21 of 31 Old 12-07-2013, 01:29 AM
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That sounds almost like a track system, where a raceway of hottape made around the pasture and the horse has to walk right around the track to reach all the different hay/water/shelter 'stations'. I guess the question if... does it work?

Ps: Maybe as soon as the correct microchip moves away, the grain is sucked back up out of reach?
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post #22 of 31 Old 12-07-2013, 04:02 AM
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I've looked into that when it first came out. Computer- run and programmed so every horse gets a specific ration, split in several small meals, at specific times, and once horse had it's portion, it can't get more until it's his" turn" again. They apparently learn quickly that bullying others away doesn't get them anywhere, and standing around waiting is equally senseless. I suppose it's possible also for hay feeding. I can see that larger facilities would appreciate a set up like that, if they wanted to stay "natural". I personally would want to feed myself, to be able to overlook my horses really quick, to see if one is off, has troubles, feels good.

The set up of these facilities is somewhere along the line of a paddock paradise, with feeding areas, rest areas, different surfaces, all made to encourage movement. One also has to keep in mind that, in general, Germany doesn't have the large acreage available like here in the US, so smaller spaces with more horses need to be used to their full potential.
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post #23 of 31 Old 12-12-2013, 06:22 AM
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My horse is on grass year round. Even in the bad seasons where there isn't much feed there is still enough to nibble on all day. I wouldn't want it any other way.

The hay being kept in different locations isn't a bad idea though. Not just because of getting the horses moving, but also to allow ground to dry out etc. I find if you always feed in one place the horses are always there and tear up the ground.

The microchip feed thing sounds a bit overboard for me.
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post #24 of 31 Old 12-12-2013, 06:23 PM
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It looks like this place in California is in operation

An Active, Natural Horse Boarding Facility
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post #25 of 31 Old 12-12-2013, 08:09 PM
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that place in Tehachapi is about 40 - 50 miles from me. A lot of pastures in that area, and used to be some very Large cattle ranches, and some TB and ostrich ranches.
Does get some light snow. But again, it is no tnatural as in how the Mustangs live.
It is more natural , being in a herd and on pasture.
I dont think the micro chip to drop feed to one horse over another is not a good idea. That will start a fight. The other horses will hear that feed drop . If a horse has to have special feed it should be kept seperate or with horses that require the same type of feed.
I have pastured horses, and they get hay with the pasture, less in summer when the pasture is in full grass and less when the winter grass is up . It is put out in flakes, tossed in different areas so all the horses have a chance to eat, and only horses that can co exist and no horse is skinny .
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Doesn't really sound like "boarding" to me. More of a scientific set up.
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Thanks for sharing - now I see how they keep the other horses from hoarding feed.

It's amusing how these horses have figured out to work with modern technology - like the horse waiting by pasture gate.

Now they just need to invent something that retrieves the horse, grooms and tacks it for you :)
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post #29 of 31 Old 12-13-2013, 01:38 PM
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I'm pretty sure somebody out there is working on that lol

There are several clips on YouTube, if you search "aktivstall offenstall futterautomat". Dinner amazing stuff they came up with. I found my favorite hay feeder...
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post #30 of 31 Old 12-13-2013, 02:58 PM
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Yogiwick--Boarding comes in all shapes and sizes xD Almost all at a pretty penny.

I think there are lots of issues with traditional boarding (even pasture board)--it doesn't very well simulate a "wild horse's" life... But, then again, these aren't wild horses. I think it works well enough for now xD

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