How often do you feed your horse?

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View Poll Results: How often do you feed your horse?
1 time a day 5 11.11%
2 times a day 29 64.44%
3 times a day 6 13.33%
4 times a day 2 4.44%
5 times a day 2 4.44%
Free access at day 3 6.67%
Free access at night 1 2.22%
Free access 4 8.89%
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    08-30-2009, 12:25 PM
Question How often do you feed your horse?

It's basic faq that horses should be fed little and often.
But it's very common in Norway to just feed 3 times a day.
I feed 4 time though. But there are some that give the horse free access. Probably good, but the horses tend to eat too much.

So, how often to you feed your horse?
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    08-30-2009, 12:30 PM
Green Broke
At my barn, the horses get fed in the morning and at night. 2X a day.
    08-30-2009, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by Jillyann    
At my barn, the horses get fed in the morning and at night. 2X a day.
Why not more often? It's better for det horse :)
    08-30-2009, 01:21 PM
Well if they are getting grain they get about 1/2 pound 2x daily. During the summer when the pasture is good they are on it 24/7. During the winter they get hay 2-3 times per day. They are fed enough to minimize the amount of time they are without any food.
    08-30-2009, 01:33 PM
We feed our horses hay twice a day when grass gets scarce. But they have like 1-2 acres of grass that they graze on all day. Our old mare gets fed grain once a day.
    08-30-2009, 01:40 PM
Twice a day, 12 hours apart. Certain bran mixes/beet pulp amounts/etc may ask for 4 times feeding or such, but stay safe with twice.
    08-30-2009, 01:44 PM
Watch out for impaction colic! I give mine grain/oats/vitamins twice a day, 12 hrs apart, and free access to hay 24/7. When the pasture's good, they're out on that all day. Not nights though; we have coyotes.
    08-30-2009, 01:50 PM
My horse gets hay 3 times a day, but I give him vitamins in the evening. He also gets a half flake between breakfast and lunch and a full flake after dinner. I'm trying to put some weight on him.
    08-30-2009, 04:03 PM
Green Broke
We use 24/7 turn out on our pasture that is supplemented with twice daily feeding of her alf pellet/beet pulp/rice bran ration and hay because she is a typical hard-keeper TB. She alternates between grazing on the grass and munching her hay all day/night long.
    08-30-2009, 04:38 PM
Mine gets fed in the morning and evening. I am usually out there and give him a flake in the middle of the day or turn him out for a bit.
Once the pasture gets finished, he'll be turned out 24/7 with morning and evening feedings.

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