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Stoddard 07-15-2012 12:38 AM

Someone wanna help me figure out a feeding sched?
 
I'm planning on moving my horses closer to home soon. I was thinking of giving them a specific graining schedule because:
  1. I'm not sure Roger is is doing much of a real schedule (I don't really know much about that at all).
  2. There will be less grass in their new pasture so I wanna make sure I keep them "fat" and happy horses. ;)
I was thinking a half scoop of sweet and half oat and see how they do on that plus free grazing. Maybe even a little (square bale) hay now and again if it gets too dry?

I was also wondering how many people feed once a day versus twice a day.

ruxpinsam 07-15-2012 01:50 AM

Hi thereYes you should feed twice a day. Your horse should always receive a mineral supplement regardless if he is an easy keeper or not. As well as a good quality hay. Plus lots of water.

tangled curls 07-15-2012 02:47 AM

we feed out horses morning and night, before school and then before dinner. they keep us on time because if were ever late giving them their meals they neigh out and let us know ;) every now and then, and more often in winter, we give them a hard feed with chaff and minerals which they love :)

Stoddard 07-15-2012 01:49 PM

Well they will be boarded away from me. Yes, they're closer, but feeding them in the morning will be difficult. I have known of those who feed only in evening.

No need to mention water lol

verona1016 07-16-2012 03:50 AM

If you're only able to feed once a day, stick with small quantities. Ration balancers (which I prefer in general, as they are healthier than most grain-based feeds) are good in this situation, because you only feed 1-2 lbs/day. My horse gets his 1-1/4 lb of ration balancer broken up into 2 feedings only because my barn feeds gran 2x daily, and it's not fair for him to not get anything when all the other horses are chomping happily at their grain :-P

When they need hay, putting it into a small mesh hay net will help it last longer and reduce waste. There are several varieties out there- I'd recommend getting one big enough to put over the whole bale and then stick that into a plastic tub, as pictured in this link: Freedom Feeder Bale Net | Freedom Feeder

Stoddard 07-19-2012 02:22 PM

I'm planning on square bales and today a point was brought up by my papa. Idk what kind of hay I should look for! What's best when it comes to protien?

Also, Verona many thanks. I'll have to search around for it, but it sounds like its worth the effort. Is ration balancer the brand, and if not, which brand do you use?
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aforred 07-19-2012 04:15 PM

Just get the best quality hay you can afford. Where you are located is a big factor in what's available to you. You might want to start buying hay for the winter though, as it's already pretty hard to find. (Again, depending on where you live, but 60% of the US is under drought conditions.) I am shopping for my winter hay right now.
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DriftingShadow 07-19-2012 08:37 PM

Drifter now gets fed only once a day, in the evening .. but he is constantly grazing out on his pasture 24/7. I am not sure about feeding only once a day if a horse does not have access to food 24/7 because they are in a stall or dry lot. I know that scenario definitely changes things.

Stoddard 07-19-2012 08:57 PM

I'm in Oklahoma. They'll be in pasture all day every day.
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verona1016 07-20-2012 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Stoddard (Post 1605644)
I'm planning on square bales and today a point was brought up by my papa. Idk what kind of hay I should look for! What's best when it comes to protien?

Also, Verona many thanks. I'll have to search around for it, but it sounds like its worth the effort. Is ration balancer the brand, and if not, which brand do you use?
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Ration balancers are a type of feed- this page explains it pretty well: Ration Balancer

I feed Triple Crown 30% supplement, but most brands make at least one. Nutrena Empower Balance and Purina Enrich 32 are a little easier to find for most people to find :-)

For hay, it depends on what you can find in your area. In my area, timothy grass is most common, followed closely by orchard grass. Because grass is so common here, most people don't feed straight alfalfa (some will feed a little in addition to the grass) but I know there are many places in the US where alfalfa is about all you can get.

A quick search on the OKC craigslist suggests to me that coastal/bermuda grass is common in your area. I'm not familiar with that variety, but it should be fine. Just make sure the bales are good quality and are stored properly.


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