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    03-15-2010, 11:40 PM
  #21
Green Broke
Idk about all you guys but I just got my first horse in december 2008 so basically a year an 3 months ago? I as completely horse crazy. But I had never ridden in my life and my horse had never been ridden. I broke her and she taught me. Now we have 6 horses where we live but only 4 are ours. I had my first foal a little over a week ago. And he is a dream come true! I did everything backwards but so far my luck as been good enough!

As for your guys's feeding schedule lol you guys are crazy! I don't feed twice a day. The horses get fed once. And the horse who was pregnant and just had the baby gets fed twice. I fed her around 6:30-8 anywhere in there and she got 4 flakes of hay. And then all of the horses(momma horse included!) get fed at 3-8pm and they get 4 quarts of all grain. And get 1 square bale to share(momma gets 4 more flakes to herself). And they are healthy as can be.

Things my way have worked for me. But all horses are different and all of mine seem to be easy keepers so this works well for me.
     
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    03-16-2010, 09:16 AM
  #22
Showing
Some people don't feed grain at all, and just keep hay in front of their horses. Doesn't make anyone more right than anyone else, just different ways of keeping horses.

For those of you gasping about getting up at 5:30, I'm assuming you're not adults with a full-time job. Having horses is a job in itself, so we have to make concessions on the human end. I'd rather get up at 5:30 and make sure my animals are properly fed and watered before I go to work, than rush and make them miss meals.
     
    03-16-2010, 12:46 PM
  #23
Trained
Don't we all!

I'll get really jumpy and jittery before a show. All throw this summers Gymkhana's I was a wreck beforehand, trying to get everything together. I'm one of those people who has to freak out before I can be calm.
     
    03-16-2010, 03:40 PM
  #24
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by englishrider    
Dewormer really? She loves it? Wow
If you hold up the tube, she comes running and stands there with her mouth open! Can't throw the empty tubes in the tack room trash can, she'll try and get in there to go through the trash after them.

She was 100+lbs underweight when I bought her, bolted any and all food as fast as she could. She's slightly chunky now 5mo later and now slowly grazes through her hay but anything edible that she doesn't think she's supposed to have is nabbed any way possible and scarfed.
     
    03-16-2010, 06:32 PM
  #25
Showing
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Some people don't feed grain at all, and just keep hay in front of their horses. Doesn't make anyone more right than anyone else, just different ways of keeping horses.

For those of you gasping about getting up at 5:30, I'm assuming you're not adults with a full-time job. Having horses is a job in itself, so we have to make concessions on the human end. I'd rather get up at 5:30 and make sure my animals are properly fed and watered before I go to work, than rush and make them miss meals.
I don't grain mine in the summer. A mineral salt block and all the grass they can eat is plenty. In the winter they get grained once a day around noon and have 24/7 hay.
My husband works midnights so I try to keep feedings when he can do it in case I can't. Horses like to be fed on a regular schedule, doesn't matter what that schedule is.
     
    03-16-2010, 09:23 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
If you hold up the tube, she comes running and stands there with her mouth open! Can't throw the empty tubes in the tack room trash can, she'll try and get in there to go through the trash after them.

She was 100+lbs underweight when I bought her, bolted any and all food as fast as she could. She's slightly chunky now 5mo later and now slowly grazes through her hay but anything edible that she doesn't think she's supposed to have is nabbed any way possible and scarfed.
LOL
     
    03-17-2010, 10:29 AM
  #27
Banned
I am an addict and don't want a cure. I have been riding for 51 years, long long rides almost every second day and still get a high from it. That feeling has never gone away over the years and the longest time I can remember of not riding is 3 weeks, 3 weeks without a horse between my legs and it is my wife's fault. She made me go to Portugal in February.
I was out last night, can't ride tonight because of commitments but come Thursday I will be back out running.
Yes I am a horse lover, an addict and I love it. I ride about 2000 miles a year or a minumum of 4 times a week. I was born to be a rider.
I will die without a horse
     
    03-17-2010, 10:33 AM
  #28
Banned
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
I don't grain mine in the summer. A mineral salt block and all the grass they can eat is plenty. In the winter they get grained once a day around noon and have 24/7 hay.
I grain year round, don't change summer or winter. Every graining also includes a handfull of table salt thrown into the wet mixture. Free access to a salt lick also. They have unlimited graze and in the end of August I start filling the hay feeder as well.
Most of the time my guy looses weight on pasture. Grass just doesn't have the same value as good hay for a heavy running horse. By fall he is getting pretty ribby and fattens up in winter with hay and the reduced riding load.
     
    03-17-2010, 11:18 AM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by RiosDad    
I grain year round, don't change summer or winter. Every graining also includes a handfull of table salt thrown into the wet mixture. Free access to a salt lick also. They have unlimited graze and in the end of August I start filling the hay feeder as well.
Most of the time my guy looses weight on pasture. Grass just doesn't have the same value as good hay for a heavy running horse. By fall he is getting pretty ribby and fattens up in winter with hay and the reduced riding load.
I consulted my NRCS officer before I planted my pasture years ago. We set up a "salad" type mixture of grasses and legumes. Mine are always healthy with very shiny coats and good weight after a month on the pasture. I can see feeding on a non-managed pasture needing to stay on a supplemental feed.
     
    03-17-2010, 11:55 AM
  #30
Banned
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
I consulted my NRCS officer before I planted my pasture years ago. We set up a "salad" type mixture of grasses and legumes. Mine are always healthy with very shiny coats and good weight after a month on the pasture. I can see feeding on a non-managed pasture needing to stay on a supplemental feed.
It's not the quality of the grass that is the problem, it is the quantity. A horse can only eat so much grass. Hay is concentrated grass, moisture removed so 10 pounds of grass doesn't equal 10 pounds of hay.
A hard working horse can not eat enough grass for the energy required for hard work, thus the concentrates/grain thus the requirement to continue eating hay.

My neighbour runs an endurance horse that eats 26 pounds of grain daily, mainly corn along with hay to keep him in running weight. On any pasture he would just loose too much weight.

Often by the end of summer my old guy would be quite ribby whiile his lazy pasture mates were rolling fat. Same feed just different work load.
I fed 7 pounds of grain, again mainly corn.
     

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