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post #1 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding time issue

So I come out to ride right before feeding time. My horse hears the feed truck and starts acting up under saddle. Then acts up while I'm unpacking until the moment he's back in his stall to eat he is pretty much throwing a fit. What do you guys think is the most effective way to break him of this? None of my other horses care if I ride while food is in their stall just him specifically.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 01:14 AM
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How bad is he "acting up"? Do you keep your own horses or board somewhere?
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 01:18 AM
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He's obviously more food oriented than the others.
You could put his hay ration in a slowfeeder haynet, so he'll eat slow but steady, has always something to nibble and eventually the hard feed will become less important. Worked with mine.
Or ride a little later, let him have a handful when the feedtruck comes, ride and give him the rest once you're finished.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 02:12 AM
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I'd change his schedule around and feed him
His feed whenever for a little while and not just when the feed truck comes.
He won't expect feed when it comes
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-03-2013, 02:46 AM
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Do to Lack of response from OP, screw him (the horse). He'll eat when you allow him to. I agree with free access to hay in what ever method you chose. If he's acting out bad, bucking rearing etc, then he needs work on that, not feed issues. Bucks rears spins? Go eat rocks! He'll figure it out. Our horses see the round bale and grain on the bed of the truck, we can ride em right past it. I hate to sound negitive but it sounds like you let him be a brat a feeding time. I may be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time either.
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