Older horse needs separate feeding area - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
Actually, Alwaysbehind, the problem is in keeping the others from being able to worm their way in. I guess you didn't understand what I've been saying. A bucket on the fence would not work at all. What she needs is privacy - in one pasture with 6 other horses. THAT'S the problem. I still like the chute idea, but I understand the one poster's concern about safety. With horses I don't know, I'd think the same thing. But she doesn't panic when being encroached up - she just surrenders. So it's more about keeping them AWAY from her and letting her munch in peace. A combination of weight stock tank and chute will do the trick. I'm surprised it's not in the feed stores for $1,000! Like I said, I'm gonna' patent this when I figure it out!

realtimereporter is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 02:45 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 609
• Horses: 0
I think a chute sounds extremely scarey and dangerous. Sorry but I wouldn't do it. Just thinking about the horse's safety, especially left all day.
BaileyJo is offline  
post #23 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
Yes, I understand your concern. But I actually accidentally had this type of situation at our old place. We put a round pen in the corner of our field. There was a gradual narrowing where the round pen met the square corner. (You need to visualize this as it's hard to describe.) And there was a little gap between the rounded edges and the hard square, so our little foal was able to get back in that corner all by herself. Mom would go in as far as she could, but she couldn't access that back corner. Viola! Instant creep feeder. I just put hay and foal pellets back in that corner, and little Anna came and went as she pleased. Mom was prevented from going in any further due to her size, so she backed out. (Which, incidentally, this mare backs up just fine and does not have arthritis as previously suggested by someone.) If I'm describing this adequately for you to visualize, the joining of the round pen in a square corner created a "chute." No other horses could enter. Mom's butt was in their faces. No accidents, no panics, no runs, no drips, no errors. I sure wish we were still there. Of course, if we were, we'd have 3 separate pastures, two loafing sheds, and the barn that someone suggested I find more time to be in!
I'll find the perfect solution for my old girl. I've had her since she was two, and the others were born into my arms. I'm going to win this one! Although I suspect they're already conspiring to foil my plan!
realtimereporter is offline  
post #24 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 03:24 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 2,034
• Horses: 3
What I have found over my years of owning horses is that the "chute" approach my not work super great.

When horses want grain and they are more pushy then the one eating the grain- the pushy horse will bite and cause all possible annoyance in the world to get the horse eating to just give up. I would be concerned for safety of your older mare.

The foal feeder works just because the foal is smaller then its mother and is able to "sneak". We used to do it with our animals as well.

Beast of luck!

It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant (Former college football coach)
Angel_Leaguer is offline  
post #25 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 04:24 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
Can't you just bring her outside the gate while she eats? I feed my show mare every morning - she is in an open paddock with three others. I just put her feed outside the gate and leave her there eating while I unrug the other horses and give them a groom. She's not going to leave because her feed is there and I leave her halter/lead on.
Posted via Mobile Device
wild_spot is offline  
post #26 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 04:37 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: california
Posts: 5,559
• Horses: 0
The only two obvious choices are 1) to seperate her , or 2) make more time to stand and wait for her to finish. If you make a chute for her to stand in, the horses will also be able to get into it, and could trap her and seriously injure each other. You should also try corn oil on her feed to add calories and fat.
stevenson is offline  
post #27 of 27 Old 09-12-2011, 05:06 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 10,646
• Horses: 12
I would by enough panels to make a 24 X 24 space for her and put her in it to eat in the morning and then in the evening when you can't stay, you could put her in it for the night and NO ONE could get to her. By the 6 rail Priefert type panels and you could hang a bucket feeder and water bucket from the rails, not a worry because their heads wouldn't fit between the rails to horn in.

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  

feeding queries , older horse , thin horse

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hay for older horse? Natbos Horse Health 16 09-16-2011 11:42 PM
When going to look at an older horse... QHDragon Horse Health 11 03-17-2011 07:49 PM
Feeding beet pulp pellets? And hay feeding questions... Wallaby Horse Nutrition 2 12-09-2010 07:52 AM
feeding plan for older foundered horse Ariel Horse Nutrition 8 11-29-2010 07:52 AM
need help with my older horse!!! chika1235 Horse Health 0 06-28-2009 03:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome