fatter horse steals other's food
Ok, so i have 3 horses, they are on 24/7 turn out with a large barn about 20x30ft with a garage door that we leave open, we only have one stall and then a feeder mounted on each corner, Ok well, My old gelding Blue is in the stall(which we leave open so he just has to nudge it when he is done), he gets a mash of senior, beet pulp, alfalfa pellets and rice bran, so he gets a lot of food and has hardly any teeth so it takes him a while to eat, Bella, my OTTB mare is on the other side of the wall that Blue's feeder is on, she gets a decent amount of food because she's a little ribby, and then there is Legacy, he's an appaloosa who is at a very good weight, boarding heavy, he gets a scoop of grain with no extras, the problem is he will finish that and then chase Bella away from her food and eat hers, is there anything i can give him that will bulk up his food without bulking him up? sometimes i stand back there until Bella is done(he knows better then to try to take Blue's food) but i don't always have the extra time because i feed them on my lunch break...sorry this is so long, i just don't know what to do with him lol
It is almost impossible to keep one horse from eating another horses food if you can't separate them completely, or feed them at a time when you could enclose them for at least two hours so each has plenty of time to eat all they were fed. It is hard when you have easy keepers with hard keepers or old horses with younger ones. Sorry this doesn't really answer your question.
Hmm...Could you maybe put Legacy in the stall while the others eat? As long as Bella and Blue get along, that might be the best fix. Otherwise, I don't have a clue how to solve it without you being out there.
I know how it is when the chubby ponies try to take everybody elses food. Monty (the 15.3, 100 pound overweight QH) will chase the yearlling from feeder to feeder until he gets his pinned between the stall wall and his big butt until he eats all the food.
Its a hassle to get the boys to get along.
Maybe you could stall the senior (locked door) and tie the other two at their buckets while everyone eats, then turn them loose just before you go.
Or one in locked stall, one in barn with garage door closed, and one fed outside.
Iv had the same problem with my fat piggy mare she gets less and my gelding get way more food. She hurrys up eats here grain then goes over and turns her butt to him and lets fly he runs for his life and she eats all his grain. I started tieing her to her too the post that her feed bucket is on i wait till my gelding is done then untie her,its a real pain too do but if i dont shed be soooo fat.hope this helps you spirit88
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