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        10-24-2008, 01:54 PM
    I've always been told that horses, like people, have internal clocks. When it's feeding time they start to anticipate it and their stomachs begin to secrete the acids necessary for digestion. This may be more important for stalled horses then pastured ones but I try to keep to a very strict regiment of feeding times. There are times, of course, when this is not possible but I keep that to very minimum.
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        10-24-2008, 05:59 PM
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    The acid in horse's stomachs is secreted around the clock. They may produce more at feeding time, but they are producing stomach acid 24/7. That is why it is very important to feed plenty of hay, so they are something in their stomachs all the time. If they gain weight on that much hay, then feed less grain or switch to a less calorie rich hay.
        10-24-2008, 10:45 PM
    My horses are on pasture 24/7 and are not fed with strict regularity. I believe it is important for stalled horses who do not have munchables at hand to be fed very regularly. I also believe that horses who have hay or grass available at all times do not have to be fed on the clock.. I also do not feed hard feed, but rather I feed a combo of beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, BOSS and Total Equine, which is a highly digestable pellet at different mixes for dif horses. None get regular feed in high grazing seasons.

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