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post #1 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smile How long after feeding should you wait to ride

I always have a concern in the back of my mind regarding feed and training. Weather its grain, hay or grass, how long do you usually wait before you start tacking up and training? Does it matter if the training is to get the horse back into shape or not? These days there are so many different issues that could go wrong within that it always has me thinking.

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 09:09 PM
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My guy is typically eating hay while I tack him up. Doesn't seem to cause a problem- look at endurance riding, one big problem for their horses is if they don't eat enough during the race.
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He eats whenever, I ride whenever, problems? Never!
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 10:28 PM
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Depends if you are going to be doing major work, or just hacking around.

For shows, we always pulled the evening meal/water.

Horses that are just going to be used lightly, I don't worry so much about whether they are just off of the trough.

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post #5 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 10:46 PM
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I never worry too much about it, but if you just come back from a vigorous ride and the horses are hot and tired, I would not give a lot of grain without first giving a good drink.
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Where you run into trouble is feeding too much too quickly after a heavy day's work. If a horse bolts his food when he's already dehydrated, then that can lead to an impaction. That's why I cool my horses out and make sure they get a big drink before they are allowed to eat after a day's work.

However, eating before going to work has never been a problem. Pretty much every single feedlot cowboy I know feeds his horse a bucket of grain/pellets/some kind of concentrated feed while they are tacking up first thing in the morning. They do that so the horses will have the energy needed to complete a full day's work that might be up to 15 hours under saddle. Never seen a single one that had issues related to that feeding method.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-30-2012, 01:56 AM
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that morning feed isnt giving the horse any energy for the days work. Horses digestion doesnt work that way. Its alot slower and takes a while. What you put in the horse on Thursday is in the gut on Saturday. But they are designed to constantly have stuff moving in and moving out. No reason you cant saddle em up right away. You do need to wait after hard work till they are drinking good. Generally endurance horses get soup until they are cooled down and rehydrated.
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Thank you everyone for your input! I didn't think about half the things you guys brought up. Now I am feeling better about everything. Thank you so much!

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My horses have hay most of the time, so I don't see it as an issue. However I wait for about an hour after feeding pellets in morning before I ride, and I wait about an hour in eve after I ride before feeding pellets (unless it's a very easy short ride, then I wait for half-hour).
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-30-2012, 08:32 AM
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I often feed Biscuit in the trailer on the way to the park to ride. It is an 8 mile drive but it takes about 18 minutes to get there due to red lights. Of course we are generally walking the first miles anyway but have never had a problem. Horses have alot of acid in their stomachs to aid in digestion because they are grazers. way better to have several small meals a day than one big one so you are pretty good to go.

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