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post #1 of 6 Old 07-27-2007, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding & Riding.

Hi all.

I'd like to know what you all think or do on this subject.

When giving hard feed, how long do you leave your horse/pony before exercising?

I personally, depending on the amount of feed given, tend to leave mine for 60 to 90 mins. Where as I know of some people, well one person in particular, only leaving their trusty friends for 15 to 20 mins, before doing intensive flatwork, and then wondering why they show colic symptoms. :roll:

Anyways, back to the question, how long?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-27-2007, 10:29 AM
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I usually ride in the afternoon or closer to the evening. Never after the grain. I do give more hay couple hours before riding though (or let them graze in separate field). But no grain. However I'v seen LOTS of time people saddle horses right after feeding them grain (especially on those trail riding stables). I don't like it personally - can cause colics.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-27-2007, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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I very rarely ride after teatime feed (5pm) but there are occasions when we have trainers in, and they're mainly here late afternoon evening, so by which time they've normally had their late feed.

The boarders at our yard are all in a routine now. Morning feeds 7.30am, teatime feeds 5pm. So there are times when you have to wait as your horse has already been fed. :roll:
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We feed at 8 am - 7 pm schedule. But I do give just little grain (they get enough hay). Usually I let them graze 5 pm - 7 pm (and they are more excited about the grass than grain lol!). I was told once that you have to wait at least 30 mins before putting saddle on. I'd wait for 1 hour myself.

I'v been working at the barn with trail horses where they feed and saddle them right away. :/ Bad! But you know I'v never seen anyone colic. But even though I wouldn't try to do it on mine.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2007, 01:19 PM
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if hes doing hard work, an hour and 45 minutes

if hes just gonna be lunged a little and then ridden a little....an hour
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2007, 10:37 PM
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mmmm i give my horses 2 'hard' feeds a day, one at 6.15am and i the afternoon around 5.30pm (whenever i finish work). Otherwise they are grazing all day. So if i was to ride in the morning i would let them have 45min to a Hour. It depends on the type of work. Mustering i leave them for 2hours, but with the flat work i usally only wait 45min. Hope that makes sense :roll:

Acually can any one find out how long it takes to a horse to digest their food?
But horses are ment to graze allday, cause they are grazing animals, would it matter? Weird i haven't really thought this much in depth about this........... :P
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