Riding after eating?
My friend and I have been wondering about something...
First of all, we live in AZ where is gets way too hot during the day to ride, so we go very early in the morning. However, she feeds the horses about an hour/hour and a half just before we go ride (and we ride for about 3 hours). She's heard that it doesn't matter, but we're both concerned...
So in short, is it bad to ride just after the horses eat their breakfast? Would it be better or worse to ride before they ate in the morning?
Thank you so much for reading. :)
As long as they have about an hour after eating its fine :)
Yeah, they should be fine. :D Just make sure it's not DIRECTLY after they eat- then there'd be a problem.
I don't think it's a problem, we ride our colts ride in the middle of meal time, but we make sure they warm up slowly....
Maybe just give them a little snack before you ride and then give them their whole meal when you get back from the ride.
one hour after their feed they should be fine to ride
Well, how big of a meal is it? Several quarts or pounds of feed would hard on them (I don't like to work right after a huge meal, but a light lunch doens't bother me, even in the heat, and I bend over all the time) . If it's hay/grass, don't worry about it. Horses are prey animals designed to be ready to run at any moment, with a gut full of fiber.
Lots of grain is not really natural feed anyways, but an hour should be plenty of time to move a normal meal through to the gut and out of the way. You could always pack part of the meal with you and let them take a break and finish before heading back (great postiive reinforcement to not be barn sour, too!)
I don't see how it could be a problem if its just hay that their getting. After all, if a horse was on 24hr turnout, they are going to have a gut full of grass no matter when you ride them.
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