Separating horses for feeding time
Do you separate your horses for feeding time? I know some people do mass feedings to their herds, but how do you ensure the fat ones get less, and the skinny ones more?
I have been separating horses for feeding time since I began feeding in the pasture as opposed to their stalls. Well Monday evening, since I now only have 2 non-dominant horses together, I fed Aidan and Cooper together. I put Coopers food about 150 ft away from Aidans and lots of hay in between. Aidan gets 1/2 scoop of feed and Cooper gets 1 1/2 scoops. Well Aidan ate his and then went on to munching grass with no bother to Cooper.
I tried again this morning and watched Aidan push Cooper right off his food. Cooper didnt like this and kind of searched around for me, then walked back to his food, ears pinned. Aidan bit at him and that was it, Cooper gave up.
Any suggestions? Just continue separating them? I know it makes sense to jsut do that, but making 2 trips to the pasture in the morning and 2 trips in the evening to return them to the same pasture. It isnt easy when I leave the house by 6:30 am and have to get 2 dogs settled and my 5 year old ready for scool. Whew! Its exhausting. LOL
Last edited by LetAGrlShowU; 07-20-2011 at 09:35 AM.