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post #11 of 16 Old 06-03-2012, 07:57 PM
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Mine usually have hay in the manger and do just fine. And there are many times mine have eating their breakfast/dinner in a trailer. And ive never had a problem.
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-04-2012, 01:32 AM
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Don't worry mate, in Aus its a float so you've got it right :P

I don't feed anything for trips under 3 hours. For longer than that, I prefer to feed lucerne as it is great for their gut.

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post #13 of 16 Old 06-04-2012, 01:41 AM
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For an hour or longer ride, we put hay bags in. Shorter trips, they are fine without. Also, we don't put the hay bag in until the horse is loaded. We have a slant load so the divider won't open all the way with hay bags in already.
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-04-2012, 02:22 AM
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I always put in a hay bag, even for a 5minute ride. If the horse is newish to trailering, my trainer shows the hay bag to the horse, lets it take a couple bites, then has it watch her put it into the trailer. Most of the pigs, jump right on in the trailer after that hay!

Only issue I ever had with feeding hay was my old QH would NOT get off the trailer if she had any hay left. When I delivered her to a trainer, he and I got really tired of waiting for her to finish her hay and wandered off. She emptied the hay bag, hopped off the trailer and stood there patiently waiting for us to come back! Silly pig!
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-04-2012, 06:31 AM
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I don't like to as horses naturally eat with heads down so they can drain their passage ways.
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-04-2012, 04:02 PM
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We trailer our horses at least once a week and always provide hay. We've never had a problem. If we're leaving early in the morning, they get their feed on the trailer also. Of course, if we're on the road for a long time, we stop and let them walk around, roll, whatever. Meanwhile, we NEVER have a loading problem. We point. They load themselves.
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