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post #1 of 6 Old 09-19-2009, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question about 'hard feed'

A friend of mine feeds all her horses a biscuit of hay twice a day (mornign and night.) She only ever feeds them differently when they have been worked (i mean worked as in a trail ride, or some circle work etc) in which they get one hard feed with their normal hay.

In this hard feed theres stuff like sweet something that looks like little wooden splinters, pellets and a vitamin thing. (sorry, i dont know much abotu food!)

I was just wondering if this is the general kidn of feeding schedule for most people? that they only get extra feed when they are worked? or do you feed your horses the same wether they are worked that day or not? What exactly constitutes a hard feed? and what do you use?

** also a totally out of the blue question, but I sometiems see people's horses wearing a saddle with no saddle pad or blanket etc underneath? doesnt this iritate them? like wouldnt their hair get all messed and pushed aroudn underneath? and the saddle get all sweaty and slip around?****


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post #2 of 6 Old 09-19-2009, 05:02 AM
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I feed my horse the same each day regardless of the daily work but if my horse is out of work in general, I change the feed to suit. I know a fair few people who just give hard feeds when they work, I guess its possible that it could cause problems because its not regular but I haven't heard many problems with it. I still think its best to feed a horse the same thing each day.

I believe a saddle cloth/blanket was originally designed to protect the leather of the saddle from the horses sweat. There shouldn't be any real problems with riding without one if you have a good fitting saddle - unfortunately most people do not have a good fitting saddle and the saddle blanket is now often used as padding in attempt to make up for a poor saddle.
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Horses should be fed generally the same daily whether they are worked or not and changes in diet should be made slowly over several days. This is because sudden changes in feeding increase the risk of GI upset and colic in horses.

As for the saddle without pad, be suree to look closely, it may be that the pad is cut very close to the same size and shape as the saddle.

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How you feed the horse would partly depend on their environment...what type of forge do they have access to. It also depends on the health and activity level of the horse.

Right now my horse is stabled and he gets feed twice a day plus bermuda hay. If he were in the pasture I would likely change it to feeding once a day. The feed provides extra vitamins and minerals.

Just make sure to change any feeding habits slowly to prevent the horse from having colic and make sure to worm the horse. Not saying you do not do that now but I got a horse once a week later he nearly died from colic due to lack of worming.
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Like Ryle and dw said, a change in feed shouldn't be drastic or quick. And it is certainly not necessary to feed your horse differently after it has been worked. That would be like you eating bowls of ice cream after you ran 2 miles. Kind of odd.


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Ok thansk guys, just curious. not my horses just my friends, and I honestly think its better to have a regular feeding pattern too.

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