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    01-22-2010, 03:04 PM
  #1
Foal
Winter feed/water

We are 'grazing' 4 Arabs for a friend. Have about 14 " of snow on the ground. They have 120 acres to graze on, but snow covers grasses that were left.
Owner brought over 1/2 ton of mixed grasses(bale) and now that is all but gone. Water tanks frozen, but I put hot water on when I can.

Owner says..they don't need more food...and for water they can eat the snow..
I used to have horses and in the winter they would each day...1 cup bran + 1 cup rolled barley and mixed with hot water + 1-2 flakes timothy or orchard grass per horse/per day..

What is your read re this...your advice is appreciated.

Guess I will go to town, when I can get out and drive the 150 round trip and get a couple bales of whatever I can find.

Happy trails,

Ranger1
     
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    01-22-2010, 03:11 PM
  #2
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Originally Posted by Ranger1    
We are 'grazing' 4 Arabs for a friend. Have about 14 " of snow on the ground. They have 120 acres to graze on, but snow covers grasses that were left.
Owner brought over 1/2 ton of mixed grasses(bale) and now that is all but gone. Water tanks frozen, but I put hot water on when I can.

Owner says..they don't need more food...and for water they can eat the snow..
I used to have horses and in the winter they would each day...1 cup bran + 1 cup rolled barley and mixed with hot water + 1-2 flakes timothy or orchard grass per horse/per day..

What is your read re this...your advice is appreciated.

Guess I will go to town, when I can get out and drive the 150 round trip and get a couple bales of whatever I can find.

Happy trails,

Ranger1
I wouldn't let you board my horses. I have a heated HEATED water trough and I put out fresh hay each morning in the feeders.. Anything not cleaned up is removed daily.

Eating snow in not good enough for water and digging down through 14 inches of snow doesn't do it for hay either.

How about shelters?? Do you have proper shelters?? IT is the law.
     
    01-22-2010, 03:20 PM
  #3
Trained
^^^ Agree with RiosDad. Snow won't cut it and digging for the grass isn't great either. You (or their owner) are just asking for colics. Fresh water and hay are the cornerstones of a horse's diet and their digestive systems NEED a regular supply of both to work.
     
    01-22-2010, 04:18 PM
  #4
Green Broke
That is sad. A horse needs food to keep itself warm and water. They cannot eat enough snow to equal the amount of water they need. If you can't get the owner to bring more feed call the local animal rescue and turn them in. If you go get a couple of bales of hay that is a days worth at most for 4 horses. Please be responsible and do not let this continue any longer.
     
    01-22-2010, 08:22 PM
  #5
Foal
Winter care of horses

These are Not being boarded for $$. I was to get some $ just for pasture and to have them on the land.
According to the contract I set up..the owner IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL FEED AND WATER...
So, because I have some knowledge of horses...I will OUT OF MY OWN POCKET, BUY FEED AND SOMEHOW HAUL WATER IN..
I do haul 5 gal. Buckets 200 feet to their trough's each morning.

We are at7000' and it will be below 0 this coming week....

I emailed owner and he/she say's I have had them in Montana all winter and now food or water..they know how to find it..

I will tell them to take them out....although they must have according to contract 30 days notice.

R1...
Ps..If I were being PAID TO BOARD..they would be treated well.

And PS NO law in AZ, NM or TX regarding shelter's you should see the conditions animals are left in down here it's terrible.
     
    01-22-2010, 08:33 PM
  #6
Green Broke
In no way was I attacking you. I was just hoping you could turn the owner in for lack of care so the horses didn't suffer any longer and you could not have to worry or spend money out of pocket.
     
    01-22-2010, 08:33 PM
  #7
Trained
That sucks. I'd be tempted to tell them the horses died and find new homes for them. Alright kidding. I wouldn't actually do it. Just think about it.

Good luck and good for you for taking the time/energy/money to take care of someone else's animals.
     
    01-22-2010, 09:09 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Yup, I would tell them to take the horses off the property. Horses need hay or forage to keep warm, and access to fresh water at least once a day. I leave large 800 lb round bales out for mine, 24/7 and put bucket heaters in their water troughs when needed.
     
    01-24-2010, 01:12 PM
  #9
Foal
Got HAY...

Drove the 140 mile round trip on snowy, icy roads and got hay and carrots, and those oat/apple treats for the horses.
Yes, I haul hot water for the trough's and also brush them each day to keep their coats from getting matted with ice etc.

Is was -5 deg. Last night and we have snow up to 5 foot drifts...

But all or ok..
I also found out that the real owner of the horses is out of state somewhere??

Stay tuned...I was taught to take care of all "my" animals...and will take care of others as well..Even got 20 lbs of bird seed for the wild birds...hope to see some unusual ones on the deck soon.

Happy trails, R1
     
    01-24-2010, 02:31 PM
  #10
Trained
I just have to say you're a pretty amazing person if you are going so far out of your way and spending money on horses that aren't even yours. So good on you! =]

I would keep trying to tell the owners that they need to get their rears in gear and make sure their horses are taken care of. They are not wild horses, they can't just get through winter all by themselves.
     

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