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post #1 of 3 Old 12-10-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Changing daily routine

I keep my horses at a friends barn about 1/2 mile away. Ever since I have known her, she has always fed her horses twice a day, morning and evening. There is this new horse at the barn and the new owner is GREEN GREEN.. and she is a spirited 7 yr old TB. Bad match but he's obsessed with her (doesnt even ride her, treats her like a poodle). Anyway- the barn owner feeds in the AM, I feed in the PM. He goes up to the barn around 9pm and "checks on them".. or thats what he said he was doing. He confessed the other night that he is actually feeding them more hay.. Besides the fact that this is annoying, a few of my horses are getting FAT! Now I know why.. so I ask him to please not feed them AGAIN after I have already given grain and hay for the night. He says fine he will just go up and feed HIS horse again at night. The prob with that is he disrupts all the others in doing that and they get all agitated that they arent getting hay again but the TB is... I know it sounds ridiculous.

My question is- after 10 years of horses being on the same routine.. is there a potential for problems if he feeds again at night. He suggested we decrease the feed that they are getting in the PM feeding just so he can go up and feed them again at 9pm. Im concerned that once the weather hits 10 below, he isnt going to want to go feed again and if I give less in the PM feed, but he doesnt go visiting his poodle later in the night.. then all the horses actually will get LESS food than they should.

The barn owner and I are on the same page.. but he is impossible to compromise with. I have offered to just let him feed in the evening so he can see his horse then, but he said no he wants to go see her before he goes to bed at night. I would love it if someone had a link to an article that I could print out for him to read.. because even though we have had horses for all our lives, he wont listen to us on anything. We are always wrong and he knows all he needs to know.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-10-2012, 11:57 PM
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There is no reason he shouldn't be able to feed his horse again later in the night if he wants to..Your horses will get over being pissed about not getting more food eventually.. It will just become routine for them to see this.

The barn I used to board at had a few of their pens on free choice hay, while others (like mine) where on am/pm feedings..all in full view of each other. Never had an issue once mine got over the fact that they just weren't gonna get free choice:) Same goes for graining, some were, some were not.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-11-2012, 12:03 AM
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Personally, I'd love it if he fed everyone a bedtime snack. Spreading their food out is only going to benefit their digestive health. There's no harm in changing things up. The caveat is he has to be accountable and must show up and feed them when he says he is.
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