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post #1 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding and riding

So I need to get a handle on schedules. In AZ we have very few times to ride in the summer and I got a response from someone in my disasterous house thread of her schedule that she fed at 5pm and rode at 7. (my other thread I'm trying to figure out when to make dinner, ride when it's not so hot.) But our horses take 2 hours to eat. They each get a flake in the am and one in pm. I know you don't want to feed then ride, so .....how does that work?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 11:32 PM
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I see absolutely no reason why you can't feed then ride. I've been doing it for years with no ill effects. I've even *gasp* interrupted a horse in the middle of a meal to take them for a ride .

Most cowboys I know who ride in feedlots will catch their horse in the dark in the morning, feed them a bucket of grain while they are being saddled, and then ride right into the day's work. I have yet to hear of any horse getting colic or having issues with that.

The only spot you might run into problems is if the horse gets dehydrated during your ride. If that happens, you might want to limit his feed after the ride until he's taken a nice long drink. Making sure he's got some water in his gut will help to prevent an impaction.

If they are being fed in the same area but you are only taking one horse out for a ride, then catch the other and tie him/her up while you ride the first (so that he doesn't get all the feed eaten while you've got the other out). If they have separate feeding areas, then you've got nothing at all to worry about.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 11:48 PM
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When at an endurance ride, feed is CONSTANTLY in front of them - both hay and beet pulp mashes. This includes overnight (I'll often wake up at 4 AM to make sure they have plenty of feed and usually have to throw a few flakes, then go back to bed for another hour), during hour holds, and as soon as we get back. If we're not supposed to feed and then ride, we're all doing something seriously wrong!

Actually, not eating can be a sign of issues that need to be addressed before heading out on the next 15- or 25-mile loop, if at all.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-25-2013, 11:52 PM
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Yep, we feed then ride too. Everyday.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-26-2013, 09:55 AM
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Agree with the others with a question..

You only feed a flake of hay and it only takes them 2 hours to eat? You must have 10 pound flakes of hay? I like hay in front of my horses free choice with free choice water all the time. Prevents colic.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-26-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Oh good! Thank you!
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