Riding after eating? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Location: AZ
Posts: 6
• Horses: 0
Riding after eating?


My friend and I have been wondering about something...
First of all, we live in AZ where is gets way too hot during the day to ride, so we go very early in the morning. However, she feeds the horses about an hour/hour and a half just before we go ride (and we ride for about 3 hours). She's heard that it doesn't matter, but we're both concerned...

So in short, is it bad to ride just after the horses eat their breakfast? Would it be better or worse to ride before they ate in the morning?

Thank you so much for reading. :)
Kai is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 02:08 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,474
• Horses: 0
As long as they have about an hour after eating its fine :)

A good horse can never be a bad colour...
moomoo is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 03:18 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 13,447
• Horses: 1
Yeah, they should be fine. Just make sure it's not DIRECTLY after they eat- then there'd be a problem.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 2,682
• Horses: 1
I don't think it's a problem, we ride our colts ride in the middle of meal time, but we make sure they warm up slowly....
mlkarel2010 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 04:10 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 349
• Horses: 0
Maybe just give them a little snack before you ride and then give them their whole meal when you get back from the ride.

R.I.P. KIANE(5-year-old AQH gelding)- I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU
americancowgurl31391 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 05:12 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 27
• Horses: 0
one hour after their feed they should be fine to ride
Jennyrose is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 06-15-2008, 03:23 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Kansas, USA
Posts: 749
• Horses: 7
Well, how big of a meal is it? Several quarts or pounds of feed would hard on them (I don't like to work right after a huge meal, but a light lunch doens't bother me, even in the heat, and I bend over all the time) . If it's hay/grass, don't worry about it. Horses are prey animals designed to be ready to run at any moment, with a gut full of fiber.

Lots of grain is not really natural feed anyways, but an hour should be plenty of time to move a normal meal through to the gut and out of the way. You could always pack part of the meal with you and let them take a break and finish before heading back (great postiive reinforcement to not be barn sour, too!)
barefoothooves is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 06-15-2008, 09:53 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 10,620
• Horses: 5
Originally Posted by barefoothooves
You could always pack part of the meal with you and let them take a break and finish before heading back (great postiive reinforcement to not be barn sour, too!)
I never thought about doing that, what a great idea! We always wait an hour after feeding, or cut our ride short to get home to feed. That sure will be a time saver, Thanks :)

"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
Vidaloco is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 06-15-2008, 10:21 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 674
• Horses: 3
I don't see how it could be a problem if its just hay that their getting. After all, if a horse was on 24hr turnout, they are going to have a gut full of grass no matter when you ride them.

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
sempre_cantando is offline  

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

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