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    07-20-2011, 02:36 PM
  #11
Weanling
I HAVE to separate my crew or the BIG RED will have his food and as much as he can woof down of everyone elses. I started out with big black rubber feeding troughs spaced a good ways apart but found that BIg RED dumps his on the ground and then eats what he can of it then goes to my next in line and bumps her off her food she she bumps the next in line and my poor little Arab mare gets nothing. Unfortunately she is the slowest eater also besides being the bottom of the pecking order. SO I take big red outside of the pen and put his feed down, then I put all the girls feed out and once Red is gone everyone stays at their assigned bucket and eats. While they do go and inspect everyone else s buckets after eating by that time everyone is about done. Then I put hay out in 5 piles for 4 horses so there is no one that has to fight. Put Big Red back up and were good till afternoon :)
     
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    07-20-2011, 02:48 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by WildAcreFarms    
I HAVE to separate my crew or the BIG RED will have his food and as much as he can woof down of everyone elses. I started out with big black rubber feeding troughs spaced a good ways apart but found that BIg RED dumps his on the ground and then eats what he can of it then goes to my next in line and bumps her off her food she she bumps the next in line and my poor little Arab mare gets nothing. Unfortunately she is the slowest eater also besides being the bottom of the pecking order. SO I take big red outside of the pen and put his feed down, then I put all the girls feed out and once Red is gone everyone stays at their assigned bucket and eats. While they do go and inspect everyone else s buckets after eating by that time everyone is about done. Then I put hay out in 5 piles for 4 horses so there is no one that has to fight. Put Big Red back up and were good till afternoon :)
Sounds like my routine. I was just trying to avoid the secondary trip back to the pasture in the a.m.,I don't really mind it in the evenings. Oh well.. it is what it is.
     
    07-20-2011, 03:48 PM
  #13
Foal
Could you tie Aiden while Cooper eats?
     
    07-20-2011, 03:53 PM
  #14
Yearling
I've thought about it, but we have vinyl fencing, and I don't trust it if he were to yank back. And tying him to the gate is an option, but since its linked to the fence, same concern. And if I did, i'd still have to go untie him, and for that, I could just move him to the round pen like i've been doing. And then bring him back. Same amount of trips outside.
     
    07-20-2011, 04:13 PM
  #15
Green Broke
At one point in time, I had to feed mine outside - there were only three.

I would feed according to pecking order and I learned to "walk and dump" really fast. Feeding the alpha dominant first, and I would stand out there until they were done with their feed.

When it came to giving them hay, I had a few more piles (spread about 20 feet apart) than horses because they always play musical chairs.

I still throw hay in the winter like that. They have many piles to pick from, and they do move around for a few minutes until they find "they're pile and settle in to eat.
     
    07-20-2011, 04:23 PM
  #16
Yearling
Usually all of our horses eat together, except Persia. When we first got her she was extremely food aggressive but has since gotten over that. However, she still eats very fast and because she has weight to lose and is still on grass, we still keep her seperate. Only two eat together now, and three are kept seperate for weight control purposes.

Would it be a little easier to put them in their stalls at night to eat and leave them there until morning, and then feed them in the morning and let them out when their done. You will still be making two trips in the morning but will eliminate that second trip in the evening. I don't know what your layout is like, but it might also cut down on the work it takes you to put them in their stalls in the morning.
     
    07-20-2011, 04:33 PM
  #17
Trained
I usually feed my two in a stall together. They can actually eat out of the same feed pan and not fight, but gypsy is a little piggier so she gets less. They know they arent allowed to go up to the food unless im out of the stall. I can't feed them out in their pasture because there are about 30 horses out there and that would be scary ! Haha
     
    07-20-2011, 05:39 PM
  #18
Foal
Thankfully my herds heirarchy goes according to how much feed they each get, so I feed in the paddock twice daily.

My tb gelding is at the top of the herd. He is on 3.5 lbs of feed per feeding so he takes the longest to eat and won't bug the others.
Next is my tb mare who is on 3 lbs of feed per feeding who would never challange my gelding nor touch his feed. My appendix and paint x mare both get .75 lb of Equilizer so they finish that pretty quickly and will not bother the other two.

Sometimes my paint x will feel a little testy and tip my tb mares bucket while she is chewing and grab a few bites so I have to bring my mare outside of the paddock on occasion. My paint x is IR and very obese so she does NOT need to be snacking on a 12% fat feed
     
    07-20-2011, 05:52 PM
  #19
dee
Started
We HAVE to separate ours - we feed mainly alfalfa pellets, but we have one that can't have alfalfa because it will kill him, and one that shouldn't have alfalfa because it makes her nuts. Those two get Timothy pellets, and we tie them up outside the lot. The rest of our bunch gets fed in the lot, in tubs that are well separted. They play musical buckets, but everbody gets enough to eat.

If I had my druthers, we'd have a series of hitching posts and we'd tie up each horse while feeding. That way we could tell exactly how much they are eating and when/if one is somewhat off their feed.
     
    07-20-2011, 06:16 PM
  #20
Foal
I tie up up my horses but sometimes I don't have time to tie them up so I feed them from the greatest amount of grain to the lest amount (i have 8 horses) and they usually get done eating all about the same time. For your horses try feeding Cooper first then slowly walk to Aidens bucket and feed him. Then go over and see how much feed Cooper has left. Make sure he has at least half eaten and see if it works out feeding them that way. If not, I've heard of putting rocks in their buckets. If you have to try that with Aiden make sure you are using larger rocks (not huge but not small enough for him to eat)
Or you could try mixing hay with the grain that Aiden eats
     

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