Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
The barn where I was a Working Student at for 2 years did this. It was explained to me that the roughage will help fill their tummies up from being outdoors all day, to help aid in prevention of colic or any other issues.
When I was there, I would bring in the 30 horses, whom already had their hay piles in the corners of their stalls in their newly made beds. Then when all horses were in, I would then proceed to the grain room - and make up each indavidual buckets of feed for each indavidual 30 horses.
By the time they were ready for grain, they had already been eating their hay for about 1/2 hour.
My new barn, does this as well.
They are brought in twice a day, in the A.M. and in the P.M. They come into their stalls, where their hay piles already are, and after all the horses are brougt in, their feed buckets are made to their indavidual needs and instructions - then they are given their grain after about 1/2 hour.
When I was in Pony Club. This was taught to me as well. I cannot recall the exact reasons, but it is something I have done since I was in High School.
This is greatly important to do, especially if your horses are in dry lots, paddocks, pens for their turn outs. Or out in area's where there is very little grass.