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post #1 of 18 Old 04-24-2010, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Riding after the horse has eaten?

So, with my new work schedule the only time I can really ride is after work, I get off work at about 5pm witch is the same time the horses are fed, I rather not try to change when they are fed since there out with other horses and I can't really not feed them all at once, I have never had an issue with finding time to ride tell now, so i'm wondering, how long should I wait she has eaten? do I need to wait? Is it bad to ride right after the horses has eaten? I only plan on doing some trail riding manly walking, but maybe some trotting, lately I have been only riding twice a week on my days off and every time I ride Willow she's a total brat and likes to buck, plus she's quite out of shape and riding only 2 days a week doesn't seam to help, Onyx is currently in training so he gets ridden 3 days a week by the trainer and 2 days a week by either me or my sister, and he's great... but I'm getting sick of Willow's bucking, she seams to get better after about 45 minutes of riding, I'm pretty sure her problem comes from just not being ridden enough since last fall she was great... any advice would be great! Thanks!
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-24-2010, 06:10 AM
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I imagine that you may get lots of different opinions, but the way I look at it, horses are eating something 18+ hours a day, so if you tried to arrange riding around when they eat, you would never ride. We've never had a problem riding even if it is after feeding.

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-24-2010, 06:35 AM
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My horses are turned out 24/7 but I feed twice per day. With a new work schedule coming I'll end up being able to ride only in the evenings and on the weekends. That means feeding, waiting about 1/2 hour then some light riding. I would have no trouble putting in a solid workout if I could but just a tuneup is all I'll be able to accomplish.

As for Willow, it sounds like she is under exercised and is letting off excess energy. The simple answer is to ride her more or work her for a bit on the ground before riding. Is she turned out or stalled?

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post #4 of 18 Old 04-24-2010, 10:58 AM
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I ride all the time after feeding, I have never had any problems, i ride hard too, I havent had any problems.

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post #5 of 18 Old 04-24-2010, 01:07 PM
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I was always taught never to work a horse right after they eat their grain. I always wait an hour after graining my horses to work them, or if I plan on feeding them after I work them, I wait an hour or until they're completely cooled down to give them grain. I offer them hay and water right away, though.

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When we used to have set feeding times, I would ride directly after that quite often. However, we don't feed grain so I am not sure if that would make a difference (if you feed grain). There were many days growing up when we would feed the horses at 5 am and be working cattle by 5:30 or 6. We never had an issue with colic or anything.

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post #7 of 18 Old 04-24-2010, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great replies everyone! Willow and Onyx are kept out to together in a small paddock, they get fed morning and night, and there is no grass in the paddock, also neither of them get grain, I just wasn't sure if horses get cramps like people do after eating? I just don't want to do anything that might be bad for her, but I hate to let her sit all the time.
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If you were going to be riding really hard and making her work, I would suggest that you give her some time but if you are just doing light to moderate riding, I would say that riding her as soon as she is finished eating is fine, just keep an eye out for signs that she might be feeling off.

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If they don't get grain, don't worry about it. I'd be concerned if they got a rather large ration of grain, as it only seems natural they could cramp up like us, but quite frankly I don't know that I've ever heard of a horse getting colic after being ridden because he ate beforehand. If I'm not mistaken, it's far worse to feed a hot horse grain right after a ride. Not sure if it's an old wives tale or not, but most trainers/riders follow that rule.

Then again, I think they debunked the "no water after a hard ride" didn't they? Either way, our horses have always gotten as much water as they want, at any point, and we've never had a single problem. We also never give them ice cold water either though.

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My horses get fed three times a day out of pasture plus to feedings of grain, morning and evening. But if they are out on pasture they don't get fed at all because they just get fat on the over grown grasses.

I always feed before I ride anyway just because I don't want a barn sour horse who thinks they can be pissy because they haven't eaten. It just makes the ride more pleasureable if they aren't hungry.

And as or your bucking, maybe try a little lunging before you ride so she can have her time to get energy out.

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