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post #1 of 11 Old 04-08-2008, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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How do you feed?

I'm sitting here with a huge bruise rising on my leg from getting kicked by one of my 2 year olds. I think I need to change the way I feed my horses. Right now I just go out among them with a feed bucket. They're usually very polite about waiting by their feed pans. I don't have individual stalls to put them in. Should I start feeding them individually? Taking them out of the lot and tying them? All I have is a round pen to seperate them and it has sand in it. What do you do if you have more than one horse and no stalls at feeding time?
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-08-2008, 08:06 PM
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We just hang buckets on the fences and go along the fence row to dump the pellets in. That way noone can get kicked as we're always on the other side of the fence from the horses. Of course it helps if they all eat pretty much the same thing.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-08-2008, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'll try that. I need to get some bucket hangers though. Thanks Tim
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-08-2008, 09:13 PM
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My sis in law has about 10 horses that live together in a field, some mini's and some qh, and a big draft x. They all come running to the fence and she makes sure she pours it onto grass, not mud, but pours the scoops into piles and makes sure everyone gets some. They usually do pretty good. The ones who might need medicine get theirs seperately. I think the buckets sound like a good idea!
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-08-2008, 11:26 PM
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We have a herd of geldings of about 30, and just about half gets his own concoction in a feed bag. The feed bags are awesome because they stick to themselves and aren't always trying to steal others and causing trouble. If you are having an issue with them crowding you while you 'serve' them their food just simply get them to back off and wait with whatever method you choose. Give them their dishes or feed bags from most dominant first, then work your way down. Just keep watching so you dont get caught in the middle!
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-09-2008, 12:16 AM
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Yeh i agree with Tims idea, with the feed buckets hanging on the fence. Its way safer. Hope your bruise gets better!

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-09-2008, 07:26 AM
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No way would simply feeding in the field work for our boys. The 4 mares who are in together can just about manage it since they all eat the same thing but when the buckets first go out there is a bit of squabbling and kicking (with each other, not us - we just puch the buckets under the fence line) and the more dominant mares will push the others off their feed just for the sake of showing dominance until they are all settled - really funny, they go down the line in a chain reaction, pushing each other off until they've all switched round.
We can't do it with the boys though. They are worse with the squabbling and since some eat far faster than others when they had finished they would just steal everyone elses. Little pigs. We have stables for about half but the rest we just tie up. We put buckets out, let them run in to their place and then go round putting headcollars on afterwards.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-09-2008, 08:34 AM
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I use the feed buckets with the hangers already on them. They are wonderful!!!! They easily hang on a fence rail and also can be used in a trailer easily. I have known people who put their grooming supplies in the buckets and hung them over the fence while they were grooming their horses. They run about 12, I believe, but are extremely strong.
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-09-2008, 12:05 PM
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Vida...We only have pasture here and 2 horses...I stand behind the feed trough and withhold the feed untill the guys settle down. If one can't behave no one eats. I will not allow them to come behind the trough with me its MY space. I will not dump the feed if they are biting /pinning ears or just being jump/ancy/pissy. Good behavior or NO grain. It usually only takes a couple of minutes and I dump the feed in one pile and then spread it out with my hand. I need to be able to get my horses away from their feed whenever I want to. They need to respect me and realize that I'm fragile. If i'm not on their mind when I'm out there they don't eat. I may sound like a hard arse but I want my girls to be able to feed the horses too and I have a 4 year old son who is around us and the horses...(not at feeding time) but I DO NOT TOLLERATE my horses pushing us around. I've only used a whip on a horse a couple times in my life and they were both respect issues. I took a whip with me when I first started feeding the boys and used the handle as a push rod to back them away from the trough and me. Sorry If I'm rambeling but it is something that is SO important to me. Hope this helps.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-10-2008, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I normally do wait till they calm down and get in their places before walking out in the open. I don't know what I was thinking, got in a hurry I guess. It came out of nowhere, one second they were behind me the next I heard a scuffle and BAM, about dropped me to my knees. She got me in the upper leg groin area. I used to always feed down the fence line outside the lot. We put in that woven wire horse fence last fall so my hang over feeders dont work anymore. My husband was so upset he spent some of his sleep time rigging buckets to the fence line yesterday. We'll see how that goes.
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