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Do you let your horse graze on the trails?

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    08-14-2008, 01:43 AM
Most of the time no. Riding or leading I don't let mine eat.
Banjo in particular, you let him do it only once and it turns into a fully blown bad habit , so I don't let him eat at all when being ridden.

The only time I would was if I actually went for a long ride and jumped off and ate something myself, then I would also let the horse eat.

But I always offer my horses water if the opportunity arrises.
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    08-15-2008, 05:30 AM
Pretty much no, unless we stop for a break. BUT, that does not stop Dez from trying - drives me crazy, I have never had a more food obsessed horse. :) :)
    08-15-2008, 02:17 PM
If I stop and get off for lunch or a break then yeah I let Koda eat. If we're on a real long ride and stop to let someone pass or catch up and he grabs a bite that's fine too. But if we are moving and he stops for a bite that is a no no. His last owner was of the mind that if they're out for a lieserly walk and the horse could grab on the go that was fine. Koda will do that sometimes and so long as he doesn't stop, or slow down to a crawl, I don't sweat that either.
    08-19-2008, 08:00 PM
My mare would take and go but then she would not pay attention. So I try and not let her eat unless we are stopped. Here we are stopped. This is my 17yr old Dolly.
    08-19-2008, 08:37 PM
Green Broke
I forgot I started this. I was asking because once while I was riding in the field across the road we were next to some tall grass and Stella just reached over and grabbed a mouthful while walking. I didn't let her do it again because (like most of you) I prefer she does that if I stop to rest, but it made me wonder what others did.

Love the pictures Painted Horse and Farmers Wife. Those are the kind of relaxing rides I love.
    08-22-2008, 02:11 PM
Good topic...I am new at this horse thing(again)hehe but I was always told it was a no-no while walking the trail, but if Im stopped I don't mind and of course when I get off he can grab all he can.I guess its totally up to rider and depends how far the horse takes it.Great pointers.
    10-12-2008, 12:13 AM
I don't trail ride much, but when I do, i'll let my dusty grab a mouthful so long as it doesnt hinder my ride., like if theres a bush right on the side. BUT if he ducks his head down and grabs food or stops, or is rude in anyway its unacceptable. He can't stop what im asking him to do
    10-12-2008, 01:03 AM
On most horses on (2 hour ish) rides if we have to pause for a second, they better not dive for the grass. If we have to stand still for a few minutes grazing in one spot is ok, but no wandering around. And if we're walking, if they can snatch a bite ever once in a while without disturbing their walking, it's fine, but no stopping or slowing or turning around just to get that mouthful of leaves.

On Velvet though, if I let her get the tiniest mouthful of anything that's all she can think about for the rest of the ride. She's just four though, I doubt she'll always be like that.
    10-13-2008, 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by Solon    
I do. My horse is really good at the grab and go.
So is Vida she can eat on the run very easy. We do stop for tasty hedge apples and in the spring when they have been off the grass all winter. I can't be mean and make her pass up new grass sprouting up.
I had a horse who was just no way you could let her eat and go. She would pull you out of the saddle to get to grass, so no eatting for her. It really depends on the horse. Some can get pushy about it others don't.
    10-13-2008, 06:17 PM
I really try to keep it black and white for my horses. They get confused if sometimes you can eat and sometimes you can't. And it can create a tug of war between rider and horse. To make it easier for them, if they have a bridle on they do not eat...anything. No grass, no treats, no tree limbs. If we are going to stop and get off, I take the bridle off and they are allowed to eat. It keeps my bit cleaner also, not all that dried grass and slobber to have to clean off later. But that way, everybody knows the rules and there is no confusion.

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