Originally Posted by usandpets
We feed ours without tying or separating. Easiest way to go around that is to put out an extra bowl. When one gets chased off, there is always two bowls to go to.
I have a concern though. You feed "at least every other day". Doing that is not good. How much are you feeding them? If you are going to feed them something besides hay, it should be twice a day, especially if you feed them a large amount, so you can split it into smaller portions. A small amount probably isn't doing much good except being a treat. A large amount every other day could cause health issues.
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I have read so much on feeding horse and listened to so many people thoughts on feeding and almost everyone single one is different. I feed my 3 horses a quart of alfalfa and 4 and a half cups of sweet feed and 4oz of weight builder. My horses got really skinny (long story but we are fixing it) we talked to our vet about what to do and where to start. Everything we are giving them is to help them gain weight. Now they have free choice hay 24/7 so after about 4 more weeks they will get off the weight builder and then slowly get off the alfalfa. We haven't decided yet if we are going to switch them to normal grain rather then sweet feed. My 3 horses get feed every day but with our weather right now we can't always drive out to the farm. (thats why I said at least every other day) We aren't feeding enough to split it over two meals and the horses are used to being feed once a day from before I bought them. It just enough food to put some weight on them (i know its just fat we are putting on them but right now they need some fat before we try to make it muscle) and you are probably right what we are feeding them is more then likely just a treat.We have went over all this with our vet and our trainer and we have decided this is what and how we will feed them. Also I understand almost EVERYONE has a problem with sweet feed and that's their problem. Almost everyone around here feeds sweet feed to their horses the rescues, breeds, trainers, the vet, our farrier and everyone else.