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Cowgirls Boots 03-18-2013 10:52 PM

Scheduled feeding times?
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So I believe I asked this before but I know most barns have a feeding 'schedule'. Like what times they get fed.

Question is- is it vital the horse gets fed around the same time every single day? My guy gets fed around 8am and 3:30-4pm. On occasion ill feed around 4:30 if I have something to do beforehand but it isn't often. I've just taken up a farm job on Saturdays and I won't be able to feed til about 5:30 on Saturdays. Aside from a grumpy horse is this bad? I know alot of people who feed wacky hours everyday and its never the same. Someone once told me aslong as they have something to munch throughout the day it's fine. Input?
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Phly 03-18-2013 10:59 PM

I gotta say, ours aren't on an exact schedule. Typically they get feed between 3 and 8pm. Somedays, when we have places to be, it may be 10am. Or whenever. In the summer, they may not get feed till 10pm, After we ride. Though ours are on free access round bales. It's not been an issue.
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Joe4d 03-18-2013 11:10 PM

non set schedules probably affect stalled horses more, Given 24/7 access to grass/hay I dont see a feed schedule being a big deal. Mine get fed different times every day depending on my work schedule, which is rotating shifts.

DancingArabian 03-18-2013 11:22 PM

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The schedule is more for the barn workers than the horses. Feeding is often the first major activity and last major activity of the workday. As long as they have hay to eat, and don't have time sensitive medication the grain can come earlier or later and in many cases not at all and they'd be fine.
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Delfina 03-19-2013 01:58 AM

We never feed at the same time. Horses go to turnout somewheres between 6am and 9am. They come in anywhere between 6pm and midnight just depends on when we have the time.

Sure they get cranky when the time to come in for grain gets closer and closer to midnight but they're fine, I just have to remind them that even if dinner is really, really late, you still aren't allowed to drag me into the barn.

Cowgirls Boots 03-19-2013 05:37 AM

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Thanks. I was once told they could get sick if not fed on schedule. Never really believed that, though.

My guy will probably be pretty cranky but otherwise glad to know there's no harm. I usually just leave right from work and head to the barn which is why I feed at 3:30/4 but with this other farm job ill be working til 4:30.

Thanks guys :D
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