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post #1 of 15 Old 05-11-2014, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding once a day...

I'm not a fan of it one bit I have a under weight OTTB she's gaining nicely but I can go out every morning and BO said he could well needless to say I found out he's only feeding once at night she has 24/7 hay but he's feeding her 5 quarts which weighs out to 8 pounds... what should I do and she has possible ulcers.....
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It's not clear to me what/how/when/frequency/volume... your horse is being fed.
I would not be happy if my horse were being fed 5 qts/8 lbs of grain or pellets at one time.
Please clarify.

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I do feed once a day...however my horses are only getting 2 lbs of food and 24/7 hay.

I would not be happy either about 8lbs once a day. That needs to be split into at least 2 feedings.
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I do feed once a day...however my horses are only getting 2 lbs of food and 24/7 hay.

I would not be happy either about 8lbs once a day. That needs to be split into at least 2 feedings.
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Yeah it is definitely to big of a meal.. Idk what to do... I can't feed morning's and he just won't..
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Had to do a conversion (guilty of metric!), but 8lbs converts to over 3 kilos, right? A horse's stomach capacity is only two kilos, which means that when your horse is being fed, the food is getting shoved into the small intestine far too quickly, and through the rest of his gut. All the food is going to be moving through the gut too quickly for the nutrients to be taken up sufficiently, meaning that the intended benefits of the hard feed won't be there, which she evidently needs if she is underweight. Also, even if she doesn't already, the large feed will exacerbate her ulcers, as the levels of the hormone gastrin will be increased, increasing his stomach acid levels.

If your BO is not willing to split the feeds up, I would be contemplating either moving (if it is possible, I mean, who knows what else he might be scrimping on in your horse's care?), or asking a friend who has the time in return for favours/a small amount of cash.

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It's too bad nobody has invented a timed feeder for horses.

OP- if you are mechanically inclined (or have a tinker of a husband/father) I wonder if there is not some way to set up an electric automatic feeder for the grain. You could attach it to an electric timer.

Put the am food in the bin. When 8am rolls around, bin opens.

They make them for dogs and cats. Probably chickens. There must be something for horses.

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http://uniquedistributors.com/hocaco.html

There are more vendors and units if you Google "automatic timed horse feeder"
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Feeding that much food in one go is running the risk of colic and all sorts of other digestive problems - not something I'd like to do.
Can you rig up some sort of a slow feeder so she at least doesn't stuff it all down in one go
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My first question would be what is the feed? Maybe there is something you can feed that packs a bigger punch in a smaller amount?
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It's too bad nobody has invented a timed feeder for horses.

OP- if you are mechanically inclined (or have a tinker of a husband/father) I wonder if there is not some way to set up an electric automatic feeder for the grain. You could attach it to an electric timer.

Put the am food in the bin. When 8am rolls around, bin opens.

They make them for dogs and cats. Probably chickens. There must be something for horses.

(off to google. Be right back.)

And, in less time than it took for the editing to be disallowed. WALA!

Automatic Horse Feeders, Portable Quick Feed Electronic Horse Feeders

There are more vendors and units if you Google "automatic timed horse feeder"
Only problem is she isn't alone in pasture so how could I ensure she gets what she needs? This is all aggravating
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If you can go out in the morning and the BO at night, cut the horse back to two lbs 2 x daily. This makes more efficient use of the hard feed. If the horses aren't separated, it's a guess as to how much your horse is getting.
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