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    10-08-2010, 11:48 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Can you imagine what he would look like with hay in front of him 24/7? I do not think I could take one photo that included his whole belly then.
You'd need a wide angle lens, that's for sure!
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    10-08-2010, 06:47 PM
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    10-08-2010, 06:51 PM
Simple. Toss a flake or two out at the gate, replace weekly. When you notice its gone, feed more hay....
    10-08-2010, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Horses do not need food 24/7. Sure if they are a hard keeper do keep forage in front of them free choice as much as they want to eat.
Yep, wasn't saying that, but meant they shouldnt't be locked up without forage for more than a few hrs.
    10-08-2010, 07:19 PM
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
so restricting hay/grass/forage intake is not the smartest thing to do.
Disagree thoroughly with this. Restricting forage is not only smart, but absolutely necessary with many horses, esp ponies, esp if forage is rich, like the cow-fattening type pastures they often live on. I appreciate they need food in their system & need to eat little & often, but you can restrict feed without compromising that factor. Heard of 'slow feeding' for eg?
    10-08-2010, 07:56 PM
I meant restricting as in hours without food ... not limiting the amount ... I ahve two here that I weigh thiers out and throw it thoughout the day so they have something all the time .. I also spread thier flakes out so they have to "hunt" for I t
    10-08-2010, 08:05 PM
Green Broke
Hay is really expensive if you go through the feed store. If it you can buy direct from a local farm. Eastern Oregon is going to be expensive no matter where you get it from - unless you can go and pick up a ton yourself.

As far as when to feed hay, we feed hay throughout the year even when the horses are on turn out pasture.
    10-08-2010, 08:10 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Hay is easy to eat. You can stand in one spot and just eat away.

Our BO will put a little hay out when the turn out pasture starts getting low on grass. When the other horses go to find the last tidbits of grass, my boy will stand at the piles of hay and nom away at them all.

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