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post #1 of 7 Old 03-03-2014, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid Question...Feeding Out in Rain or Not

Hi, ok so I have a stupid question. Do you feed your horses out in the rain or feed them inside? We keep our two out 24/7. They have an open barn to go into whenever they want. When it's raining we bring in their slow hay feeders and feed them in the barn but all they do is eat, & eat, & eat. (they are fed free choice). They very rarely go out so don't move around very much. We have rain sheets but one horse isn't clipped so he's fine but the other is clipped so he would need to wear his sheet which is no big deal. So....blanket him/them and feed them out or feed them in? What do you do?

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-03-2014, 06:44 PM
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We don't have any building to bring ours into so they eat outside. Never had an issue with the hay getting rained on. Snow on the other hand, horses don't seem to like it much. They will eat it eventually.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-03-2014, 10:35 PM
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There is no stupid questions.

My horses' hay is 24/7 available in outside. My horses don't mind to eat it while it's raining/snowing. I stopped using blankets for my horses since they seem happier without it. So, I just feed my horses outside without blankets. They will be okay with unlimited hay and spacious shelter available.
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I wish I didn't clip my icelandic so he didn't have to wear a blanket when it's raining (oh well..too late now).
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Hi, ok so I have a stupid question. Do you feed your horses out in the rain or feed them inside? We keep our two out 24/7. They have an open barn to go into whenever they want. When it's raining we bring in their slow hay feeders and feed them in the barn but all they do is eat, & eat, & eat. (they are fed free choice). They very rarely go out so don't move around very much. We have rain sheets but one horse isn't clipped so he's fine but the other is clipped so he would need to wear his sheet which is no big deal. So....blanket him/them and feed them out or feed them in? What do you do?

Thanks. :)
first of all...the only stupid question is the question not asked :) you have to ask, in order to learn!

Personally, I would play around with things. Feed inside for a week, everyone in the same place, each time. Feed outside for a week, everyone in the same place, each time. Watch and see what your horses seem to like best, and do that.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-06-2014, 05:13 PM
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Our eat outside 24x7 from a round bale, rain, snow, sun, dry, muddy, or whatever, and they'll eat it to the ground, regardless.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-06-2014, 05:38 PM
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Mine eat outside in the rain. They don't seem to mind it much.

Ps. There are no stupid questions!!!!! (Only stupid answers! J/k)
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