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    01-27-2013, 09:54 PM
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Foal
Multiple horse feeding trouble

Just wondering if there is any way to help this or not. We have 5 horses all together and feed them grain at least every other day. They all start eating but the ***** mare always starts running them off. We tried putting them farther and farther apart but she takes a bite of her food then runs to the next horse and moves them and takes a bite of theirs and so on. I guess because she is the boss mare every horse gives up there food. We want to be able to feed them all together and not have to take a horse out every time. I understand some people put big rocks in their bowl to make them eat slower but she doesn't finish hers she takes one bite and goes to the next tell she gets back to hers and she starts all over again. Please if anyone has any ideas. The other horses need their food too and she doesn't need to eat that much grain. Thank you
Btw this mare is the oldest (15years old)
     
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    01-27-2013, 09:56 PM
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Green Broke
Easiest solution is to catch and tie, then feed. Keep everyone tied until the last horse has finished their grain and then release them.
     
    01-27-2013, 10:01 PM
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Started
^^ that's what we do, and I gives you a hands on everyday.
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    01-27-2013, 10:04 PM
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We figured that would be what we had to do just was wishing there was a way to stop the mare from doing this
     
    01-27-2013, 10:14 PM
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Started
You could start off by just catching and tying the pushy mare to see if the others will behave loose.
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    01-27-2013, 11:06 PM
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Yearling
I also have 5 horses that I feed supper daily.....I tie them up at their own dishes and they don't get off till they are all done. The last couple weeks it's gotten really cold here so I got lazy and also put piles out for them instead of tying them up. Mine are all good and even the alpha stays at one pile, the only one that is a brat is my mare's 4yr. Son who will go and eat with the others which they don't mind sharing with him.......I do agree you could try tying the mare up and feed her seperately from the others.....
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    01-27-2013, 11:23 PM
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Green Broke
Separate them or tie them, but going to have to do that to stop this.
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    01-27-2013, 11:38 PM
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Foal
I think I will try just tying up the boss mare and see how the others eat and if I have to I will tie them all up and maybe after a month or so they will get better at eating together, we can only hope lol. Thank you everyone for your help.
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    01-27-2013, 11:59 PM
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Green Broke
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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    01-28-2013, 01:00 AM
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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.
     

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