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        06-08-2010, 08:59 PM
      #11
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    1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine?
    Depends on what you're doing with them. Only horses at the very high end of the exercise/performance spectrum or horses that are stalled extensively need 3X a day, IMO. My horses get fed when I call them in and catch them. They are in light work and on very rich pasture.
    2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once? Again, my horses are low maintenence. When I was in school, boys, music and parties interfered with my grades way more than the horses. Also, the job I had to support the horses interfered way more than the horses.
    3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape? Yes. What others said.
    4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change? Never, ever, ever. As necessary as breathing.
    5) How often do you ride your horse(s)? No where near enough! 2 - 3 X a week for right now.
         
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        06-09-2010, 10:37 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine?
    No only if they are gettin quite a big quantity of food mine get fed twice a day in winter. Once they go out though I only feed after I ride.
    2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once? No not at all I think you need a balance though you need time to chill and relax with your horses which will have a positive impact on the rest of your school life.
    3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape?
    I don't think so once your body adjusts to the routine it kinda stops being effective I think.
    4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change? NO

    My horsees are my life line
    without them id be one craaazy person

    5) How often do you ride your horse(s)? Eh 6 days a week for an hour or so but im only riding two atm so it is ok.


    Sorry about all the crazy colour change I have no idea what actually happened there at all!!
         
        06-09-2010, 12:33 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Thanks for the answers everyone!!
         
        06-09-2010, 12:39 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine?

    I feed mine 2 times a day, since I work a full time job away from the farm.

    2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once?

    This question is irrelevant, since I haven't been in school since dinosaurs roamed the earth......
    3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape?

    Yes
    4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change?

    No regrets.

    Of course it's a big change. Instead of spending my money on clothing, shoes, handbags, make up, and sparkly jewelry, I now spend the majority of it on keeping my animals well fed and in good health.

    5) How often do you ride your horse(s)?

    Not often enough, unfortunately. If I can get in one to two times a week, I'm doing well.

    My answers in blue.
         
        06-09-2010, 12:47 PM
      #15
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine?
    2X per day is very common and should be fine unless you have a really hard keeper that requires the extra meal.
    Even with school/work you can get three meals in with out much effort though. Not perfectly evenly spaced but three meals.
    I feed and clean before work in the morning. I feed and clean again after work. And then at night check Mr. AB gives them hay and tops off water. If any of mine required a third meal it could be given then.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once?
    Do not go to school. But with good time management you can manage taking care of your horses and be sure to get your school work done.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape?
    Some what.
    Obviously cleaning stalls and carrying water is better for you than sitting on the couch.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change?
    Never regret! Yes, it is a big change. Like any serious commitment it means giving up things and changing your life to accommodate this new thing. Worth every sacrifice though.

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    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    5) How often do you ride your horse(s)?
    Right now, not at all. My horse is broken. Once he is all better hopefully my schedule will allow 3 or 4 times per week.
         
        06-09-2010, 01:07 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine?
    2x daily is fine as long as they have enough to keep munching. My horses (the ones that get feed) are fed 2x daily, but are on pasture 24/7, in the winter when they are stalled at night they get hay at night in the stall and hay in the AM in the pasture.
    2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once?
    Not difficult as long as your prioritize - make a schedule and stick to it.

    3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape?
    Definitely. Mucking, slinging around bales of hay, riding, pretty much the only exercise I get, and I'm pretty fit.

    4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change?
    Not for 1 second. It is a big change, but horses differ from other "hobbies" in that there is more of a lifestyle associated with having horses, versus other hobbies/sports. They take a lot more time/involvement than model airplanes. You can't drop everything and go on a week's vacation at a moment's notice. Being away from home takes more planning, and arranging someone to look after your horses is a little (or lot) more involved than arranging someone to look after the dog or cat. All very worth it to me, though.
    5) How often do you ride your horse(s)?
    Usually 4 or 5 days a week, weather permitting, maybe 1 or 2 days a week in winter.

         
        06-09-2010, 04:26 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I have another question:)

    6) Let's say a horse is around 16 hands, and he/she is on pasture most of the day; ridden 4-5x a week. How many lbs of hay a day would you think they would need?? Because I have read about 16 lbs a day for a 1000 pound horse, but if he horse is on pasture is it really necssary to give them that much?

    7) (sorry thought of another one) Some people say that a horse only needs grain if they are lactating or a hard keeper, old or in hard work ;something like that. But if the are not old and ridden 4-5 times a week, do they need grain??
         
        06-09-2010, 05:08 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine?
    2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once?
    3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape?
    4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change?
    5) How often do you ride your horse(s)?

    Any other information you would like to add would be much appreciated
    Hello.

    1.) I feed my horse twice a day. They are grazing animals so it's good to get some grass hay so the can chew and get something in their stomach because of the acids and whatnot.

    2.) I am in college and get to go at my own pace so I don't know if this applies to me but I don't find it that hard. I pass all my tests so far.

    3.) I don't know about owning a horse..people own horses are still aren't in shape but people who go out and clean stalls,lift hay,clean troughs or buckets, ride,etc. will get you in shape. I defiently notice more muscle tone.

    4.) I never regretted getting a horse. I think it's very rewarding and the bond is very deep. You have to find the right horse for you so make sure you spend time and get to know the horse. It was a change but I found it was theraputic for me since I have major depression. I haven't had a break down ever since :)

    5.)I use to ride every single day but I found that it's good to give my horse a break. My horse is a lazy thing. If you have them boarded I would defiently ride them or atleast get them out and lunge them so they can burn off energy and not lose any muscle etc.

    6.) You want to make sure you have a good farrier and an honest vet. Not sure if you or who would be supporting the horse but make sure you have some back up money incase of emergencies. Most vets want the money upfront.

    7.) Get a horse that matches your skill level. If you are new I would choose a mellow horse to learn on. You don't want something that is hard to control.

    ...there is a lot of information and I am new but if you have any questions I will be glad to help you out as well as others on this board.
         
        06-09-2010, 05:13 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    I have another question:)

    6) Let's say a horse is around 16 hands, and he/she is on pasture most of the day; ridden 4-5x a week. How many lbs of hay a day would you think they would need?? Because I have read about 16 lbs a day for a 1000 pound horse, but if he horse is on pasture is it really necssary to give them that much?

    7) (sorry thought of another one) Some people say that a horse only needs grain if they are lactating or a hard keeper, old or in hard work ;something like that. But if the are not old and ridden 4-5 times a week, do they need grain??
    It depends if the horse is any easy keeper or a hard keeper meaning that it has a slow metabolism or fast. I have an easy keeper and I feed her 2-4 flakes a day depending if she is on pasture or not.

    You can purchase grain LMF super supplement is greay. But I am not sure if it's nation wide. It has no grain in it..just supplements and you give only 1lb a day. You also want to start them off small if they are new to the grain or never been given grain. My horse coliced cause I put her on a new type of feed. So be careful. Also horses need salt and minerals so be sure to get them a salt block.
         
        06-09-2010, 05:56 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    6) Let's say a horse is around 16 hands, and he/she is on pasture most of the day; ridden 4-5x a week. How many lbs of hay a day would you think they would need?? Because I have read about 16 lbs a day for a 1000 pound horse, but if he horse is on pasture is it really necssary to give them that much?

    It really depends on the individual horse's metabolism, and how much pasture you have. There is no set amount, you just have to experiment and see what works for your individual horse. The horse in my avatar is 16.2-16.3 hands, on 6 acres of pasture 24/7 and I haven't fed him a bite of anything since April. He's purely on pasture, and water of course, nothing else. He get's ridden 4-5 times a week, and ridden hard. And he's currently around 1300 lbs and overweight.


    7) (sorry thought of another one) Some people say that a horse only needs grain if they are lactating or a hard keeper, old or in hard work ;something like that. But if the are not old and ridden 4-5 times a week, do they need grain??

    Again, as mentioned above, it depends on the individual horse. Out of my 5 horses, only 2 get grain. One is my mare Freyja, and she IS lactating and nursing 3 month old Fiona, as well as being a rescue who was underweight from the get go. She does appear to be a bit of a harder keeper, though I think once she is no longer nursing I might be able to wean her off feed and only grain her in the winter. The other one currently on grain is my yearling colt Finn, who is currently going through a growth spurt, so he's getting just enough grain to supplement his growth while he is young. By the time he reaches maturity I don't expect to need to grain him. My gelding Claymore, and my pony Misty never need a bite of grain, summer or winter.


         

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