So let me start by saying I didn't start this thread to bash the barn where I board...in fact, I absolutely LOVE the owner and everyone who works and boards there. It is a lovely place, and I know they truly care about the horses. I just have a question pertaining to my specific horse, who likes to INHALE her hay the moment she has it in front of her! (and yes I have tried slow feeders and the like, she just tears holes in them OR gets her HEAD stuck in them, and I'd rather she eat too fast than end up having a safety hazard in her stall!)
So the place I board feeds hay spread out throughout the day which is SO nice...they usually feed 2 flakes in the AM, then another flake at noon (unless the horses are outside which they are unless there is lightning in the area, for safety reasons), then 2 more flakes around dinnertime which is 4:00ish, and then 1 more flake for a late night snack, usually around 8 or 9pm. They grow the hay on their property and it is very good quality hay I must say, I have ZERO complaints!
Now, my mare can go through that last flake easily within the hour if not earlier, which means she has no hay from around 9 or 10pm until the next morning when they feed again (7?). My mare has had issues with ulcers before, and they DO have an option at this barn to pay extra for additional flakes. But before I take them up on that option I thought I'd ask the forum...am I being paranoid about the amount of time overnight my horse doesn't have hay? None of the other boarders are worried about it, and I've only owned a horse for 3 1/2 years, so maybe in my lack of experience I'm just being paranoid?
I just want to know what you guys think before I go paying extra and potentially making my horse fat