Originally Posted by Bitless
Were is he at night? You don't want him working with an empty tank in the morning when you ride , or he's not going to be able to concintrate or have adequate energy to focus and work for you. Im asuminging he has nibbles to eat over the night ...like either hay or grass from turnout????
I ride him at night before feeding time...and now in the morning before feeding. They get fed about 12hrs apart, and it probably takes them about 2 hours to eat. So I ride probably 8 hours after they finish riding. He has never had a problem with this in his evening riding, but I do think that they are just in the habit of being fed as their first human interaction in the morning. I will see if he gets used to the schedule after a bit. :)
It was frustrating, unexpected, but also a little funny to see what a cranky baby he was. :)
Moomoo, he is actually fine on show mornings too, but I do feed him in the trailer on the way to the show, and let him stand there and finish his food when we get there...so by the time I tack up and ride, he has had his morning "cup of coffee", so to speak.