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        01-09-2013, 09:33 PM
      #31
    Trained
    They will change their eating pattern with slowfeeders. They won't eat until all is gone after about a week. So, there is no full stomach. Always something in there, but not full. No need to take anything away before riding
         
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        01-09-2013, 09:34 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    Really? At that ranch with 70 + horses, one person would have to come in to work way earlier to feed the horses that were going to be used before the normal feed time so they'd have time to 'eat and digest' their food before being ridden. Likewise at my current barn, the BO wants them to have 2 hours to eat before they get used. Hmmm? Curious.... I don't know though! That's just what I've always been told
         
        01-09-2013, 09:36 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    They will change their eating pattern with slowfeeders. They won't eat until all is gone after about a week. So, there is no full stomach. Always something in there, but not full. No need to take anything away before riding
    What a concept. Lol. That makes SO much more sense. So, you are also only feeding once a week? Do you also feed grain?
         
        01-09-2013, 09:50 PM
      #34
    Trained
    No no, it takes them about a week to adjust their intake after offering hay all the time in slowfeeders. They're sort of programmed to eat fast and everything all at once. When they figure out the hay will not finish, they slow down. No need to shove it in in a hurry. So they eat, little mouthfuls at a time( small holes, 2", gives them a little only ), for about 20 minutes, then stop, do something different, then go back to the net. And so on.
    I have 4 nets, with different hays, for two horses, they sample here, go there to sample that, then across the paddock to the next. Quite neat to watch actually. I fill all nets every day, mostly just topping off. They get ration balancer with some soaked alfalfa pellets and omega horseshine, divided in three meals. I have to bring it to them, they rarely come for it
         
        01-09-2013, 10:01 PM
      #35
    Weanling
    Oh, oh, I see. So I would just put the horses usual ration of hay in the slow feeder, still feeding their normal twice a day routine, and then after about a week they start to adjust, or just give them free-choice all at once? I like the sounds of your feeding set up, where they even have to walk to each feeder. That's nice. Have you guys seen the slow grazers, it's like a big box with a metal grate that goes on top?
         
        01-09-2013, 10:54 PM
      #36
    Showing
    I may have missed something. What is the boarding situation with the horse? Will be be out most of the day, in a stall at feeding time, given hay at least 3 times a day if not given free choice? Is it in with a bunch of horses? To stuff my nets I fill a plastic barrel with hay and push it down hard. The net is then stretched over the barrel and pulled down. Grab both top and bottom of the barrel and flip upside down and start pulling it out of the net. Tighten the drawcord and it's done. I have also put the net inside the barrel turning the top of the net over the sides of the barrel and stuffing the net that way. If two people do it the latter method is the fastest way to stuff nets. Because they slow a horse down, two big flakes will last an average horse about 4,1/2 hours instead of 1,1/2 to two hrs. Check out Paddock Paradise, the website, not the book for all sorts of slow feeders.
         
        01-09-2013, 11:32 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    This is a theoretical situation as of yet. I don't own any horses at the moment, but I do teach at a facility, and the horses are stalled, fed twice a day. I would be boarding at a different facility, actually, and he'd have a larger stall with an attached paddock to himself. I was just curious because my father-in-law goes on and on about pellets, and it seemed off to me. At the boarding facility I'm planning on boarding at once I do find a suitable lesson horse, there's a personal tack and feed room attached to your horses shelter, with a hole between the two to throw hay. After this conversation I'm thinking I would attach a hay net around that hole and push hay into the bag through the hole. There is a manger below to catch any stray hay. It's amazing how much I have leared on this forum in the last couple of months that I was never taught. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge.
         
        01-09-2013, 11:43 PM
      #38
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tessa7707    
    This is a theoretical situation as of yet. I don't own any horses at the moment, but I do teach at a facility, and the horses are stalled, fed twice a day. I would be boarding at a different facility, actually, and he'd have a larger stall with an attached paddock to himself. I was just curious because my father-in-law goes on and on about pellets, and it seemed off to me. At the boarding facility I'm planning on boarding at once I do find a suitable lesson horse, there's a personal tack and feed room attached to your horses shelter, with a hole between the two to throw hay. After this conversation I'm thinking I would attach a hay net around that hole and push hay into the bag through the hole. There is a manger below to catch any stray hay. It's amazing how much I have leared on this forum in the last couple of months that I was never taught. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge.
    that's a pretty neat idea with the net, too. Make sure you can close it, otherwise the hay falls back out.
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        01-10-2013, 03:26 AM
      #39
    Weanling
    Sounds like you're on the right track!! Good luck on your horse search :)
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        01-10-2013, 10:17 AM
      #40
    Weanling
    Thanks!
         

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