Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Pasture feeding can be very frustrating especially if you need to give more feed to one horse then another. One method is to feed them at different buckets but even that has it's problems because the aggressive horse will push the other horse out of the way and eat both rations.
What I do, and this may help you with your problem as well as making it easier to feed, is to halter each horse and lead line them to something solid. For me it is the barn wall. I feed inside a "common" area in my barn and each horse has their own space they they are fed from. I do not bring out their feed until each horse is secured to their area. When all of them are finished I'll release each one starting with the lowest in the pecking order.
I whistle train them to come into the barn and wait to be haltered and tied. Only then do they get their feed. That way I don't get crowded with them trying to eat from the bucket and I can monitor how much feed each horse gets.
It takes a week for them to fall into the routine. It's also advisable to feed at the exact same time each day. Another thing that I am very critical about is weighing my feed. No mistakes that way and I can monitor their intake vs their weight and make the adjustments as necessary.
As an example one mare only gets 1/2lb x 2 per day due to her lack of work and how easy she is to gain weight. The gelding gets 1 1/2lb x 2 (down from 2lb x 2) to keep his weight stable since he is ridden nearly every day.
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