35 year old horse got into the feed... thankfully he only got his normal ration.

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    09-15-2009, 06:03 PM
35 year old horse got into the feed... thankfully he only got his normal ration.

My cousins 35 year old gelding (one of the two horses that we’re (for lack of better word) ‘boarding’ for them until they find a new place to put the horses... well, the gelding got into my tack room and got into the feed just a few minutes ago!

I was putting fly-spray on my mares injury because gnats were getting in it pretty bad and irritating her... and heard a huge commotion up at the barn. I looked up and Dia (short for Diablo) was in the barn, in front of the tack room, with his feed bag hanging out of his mouth... By the time I got up to the barn (I was in the backyard near the truck) Dia had strewn all of his feed (and I mean all of it... probably a good 35 to 40 pounds) on the ground in the barn and was having a feast.

I ran him out of the barn and put the feed back in the bag (thankfully he threw the feed onto the soft ground and half onto/near the old, empty feed bags I keep up there to soak up water when it rains. I was able to scrap most of the feed into one of the empty bags and pour it back into the original bag, then closed and locked the tack room door.

Dia must have grabbed the latch to the tack room and jerked it open, because I had closed it before I went to put the spray on my mare... I just hadn’t locked it. I’m going to have to remember to lock it when I let him out... He only got about a pound or two of the feed, which is what he gets daily, so I’m not going to worry about him or call my cousins and tell them, because they’ll worry and they’re only 13 and 15 years old.

Still though... I better remember to lock my tack room door when he’s in the yard... my two horses don’t ever go up to the barn unless I’m fixing their feed, but Diablo knows right where his feed is and, apparently, is determined to get it!
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    09-15-2009, 08:20 PM
You should probably keep an eye on him, I'm sure he will be fine. Such a waste of feed though
He sounds very much like our Fras. She is great at getting lids off of supplements and latches open on doors. She has broken into at different times, mare and foal supplement (when she was pregnant) daily feed fly stuff, cat food (can't believe she ate some) and half a bucket of horse treats. She's a stinker too
    09-15-2009, 08:58 PM
LOL Must be a issue with senior horses. My Mother-in-laws 30 year old mare broke a door in the barn and got up in the feed area, which was atleast a 3 foot step up, went past her own feed, her bags of alfalfa, took the lid off my mares grain and chowed down. We had to have the vet out to put a gallon of mineral oil down her. Then a few miles walking later, she was all better. Must be reliving their youth!! LOL
    09-15-2009, 10:35 PM

Must be. I'm so frustrated with Dia. Afterwards, I rode my gelding a few minutes and when I got back, Diablo got 'cornered in the barn and refused to come past my gelding... so he stepped up into the tack room and got stuck. There was no room for him in there anyway, and I had to literally squeeze between him and the saddles to open the back door of the tack room (the back door opens out into the pasture) then push him through. By the time I got my geldings saddle off and the tack room closed and locked, Diablo had come back around and opened the gate to the yard and was headed back up to the barn! I had to put him back up then tie the gate shut to keep him in the pasture...
    09-15-2009, 10:56 PM
That is so funny. I know that it is serious but it is kinda funny.
    09-16-2009, 12:54 AM
Yeah, it is funny... my frustration is beginning to wear off at least.
    09-16-2009, 09:44 AM
My mare, Dancer, is quite the escape artist (she's not a senior yet, though). She got out of the pasture (no idea where or how) and got into the feed barrels that are kept in under our carport. She pulled the lids off of all of the barrels, turned her nose up at the alfalfa pellets, beet pulp and chicken scratch, and devoured the sweet feed. Fortunately, there was only about five pounds of sweet feed left in the barrel and we found her before she had eaten all of it. She was fine. Good thing we are eliminating the sweet feed from their diet, or there would have been more in the barrel.
    09-16-2009, 10:48 AM
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My old black horse has done that a few times. Only he eats just his portion and then leaves the mess and I do mean the mess for me to clean up. I'd beat him if he werent so decrepid... Ornery old goat.
    09-16-2009, 06:42 PM
We have a 30 yr old pony who has a sixth sense on where we hide the senior feed. We now have it hidden under our sleigh with a tarp over it. He'll find it... eventually.
    09-16-2009, 07:55 PM
Lol... I only hope that my own horses don't act like that when they get old and start going through their second childhood.

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