Ours are on pasture (grazed fairly low) and free access to round bails. That's my preferred option, not a rule.
I will say though, in my experience, that when horses are first givin free access to hay, then tend gorge.
But after a week or so, they realize its not going anywhere and they don't have to stuff themselves till more hay comes.
Typically after that light comes on, they dramatically cut back all on their own.
Kinda funny story, we got a new gelding the next day we put out a new round bale while we had em all tied up. When we cut em loose, the new horse was scared of the round bale! Was fricking halarious to watch him snort and run around it like it was a horse eating monster. While the others charged it and started eating off it. They actually showed him how to eat off it.
Then he didn't move for two days..... Now, they take a bit, walk away, go get another, take a nap. They don't gorge at all.
I guess how all that ^^ relates to you is, is filling the feeder every few days really an issue? Idk, I like free access
I understand a founder horse is more prone, but ya may find just hay and grass to be better option then adding a feed (if you are) and maybe a RB if needed.
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