Hey New to the forum can i get some advice

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Hey New to the forum can i get some advice

This is a discussion on Hey New to the forum can i get some advice within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-14-2008, 01:54 AM
Cool Hey New to the forum can i get some advice

Hi everyone im new to the horse Forum stumbled across it at work today and found alot of the discussions quiet helpfull.

I have had Horses for most of my life however sold my last Yearling two years ago and have not got another horse up until two weeks ago when I bought a beautiful 16.1 hh solid Quarter Horse gelding.
He is nine years old and really has not done more than baby sit the weanlings at the stud that I bought him from.
This is the first time I have owned a horse that I did not have from very young and am finding some very bad habits.

He is on good pasture and I feed him twice a day both hard feed and hay but I find that he is woofing his hard feed down that fast he will start to cough I wet it all down but still doesn't help. I have never had a horse do this so im not sure how to stop him from doing it. Also when it comes to feed times he runs around the paddock absolutely mental bucking and carrying on if I shoo him off while im getting to his feed bucket im thinking that he is getting hot from what i'm feeding but it's only lucerne chaff oaten chaff barley bran and corn so not sure what his problem is. Any suggestions
Sponsored Links
    10-14-2008, 02:27 AM
Green Broke
Corn can make a horse hot. You might try replacing it with oats.

To help him slow down, put some large rocks in his bucket. They should be large enough that he can't easily put one in his mouth. 1-2 rocks in there will force him to nose around for his feed and slow down.
    10-14-2008, 07:56 AM
Luvs2ride is right on concerning rocks in his bucket.

How much feed are you giving him? My QHs are on pasture 24/7 and I feed twice per day but only to get them up to check on them. I actually weigh their feed and they get 1/2lb x2 and I ride 4 or 5 days per week.

The fact that he was a babysitter for youngsters may have something to do with the problem if they were all fed together. He may have been low on the picking order or at least had to eat fast to get any at all. BTW, is he alone? Most horses need a little companionship or they don't do well. Even a goat helps.
    10-14-2008, 08:27 AM
I guess the rocks in his bucket would cause him to slow down....never would have thought that. Good idea!

If the horse is an easy keeper I would be careful feeding oats. Two of our horses who are easy keepers are on the Progressive feed. It's a pelleted feed that is meant to supplement horses who are on pasture and hay. It gives them the vitamins and minerals they need, to an extent, and it's working great for them. Coats are shiny, their feet are good, etc. They are maintaining a good weight.
    10-14-2008, 08:32 AM
I would cut out the corn - its heats them up, and I wouldn't give him outs either, I find that is even worse.

Instead of feeding him in his paddock maybe take him out and put him in a small yard for an hour or so. Leave him in for the same amount of time each time you feed. If he takes 20 mins normally leave him in for an hour. Once he is used to it he should settle and may eat slower if he knows he has the time.
    10-14-2008, 03:40 PM
I tie my horse up while I get his feed, because he sometimes acts like a nut, when I'm done and he's settled down I will let him go.I think it teaches them patience.Just my opinion
    10-14-2008, 03:57 PM
I would cut the feed way back. Or perhaps change feeds. I have 2 QH's and they get 2 cups each /every evening (sweet feed). I feed in a large/long cattle feeder. I position myself between the fence and the feeder, that is my area, NO horse is allowed in that whole 8' span when I'm there. I don't drop a kernel of feed into the trough until BOTH horses are standing quietly. If they reach for the bucket, they get told NO. They have had to go from a free for all at their old home to quite manners here. It has eliminated fighting over feed and the rate at which they eat it.

I like the rock idea. I also think he may need a buddy. If he's alone he may be really scared without the babys.
    10-14-2008, 07:10 PM
Ok thanks ill give the rocks a try for sure.
He is in a paddock by himself but he has horses in paddocks on both sides of him so not completly alone. Where I agist him they don't like to put horses in together so has has to be in his own paddock.
I feed him about three kg of hay a day and about three and half kg of hard feed a day which for his size and the fact that he is coming into work for the first time in his life, I didnt think was to much I don't want him to drop to much condition getting exercised three to four days a week, short training sessions.
Thanks very much for everyones input.
    10-15-2008, 11:02 PM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
To help him slow down, put some large rocks in his bucket.
Exactly. :)
Some of the boarders I take care of at my barn are weird and think the rocks are somehow 'dangerous' to put in their feed bucket, so they are more comfortable putting a small salt or mineral block in there. Idk. Whatever floats your boat.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
some car advice please!!! sempre_cantando General Off Topic Discussion 4 07-13-2008 03:45 PM
i need advice C-Bear Horse Breeds 15 07-02-2008 12:02 PM
Need Advice To Give Advice browneyedcowgirl13 Horse Training 10 06-06-2008 01:20 AM
I need help/advice please. meggymoo Horse Training 15 08-18-2007 07:35 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:40 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0