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post #41 of 45 Old 09-25-2014, 08:51 PM
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Thanks for all the replies, they are all really helpful :)

I was just wondering if you hose over your horse after a ride when he/she is really sweaty and what's the best way to dry? My riding school never hoses off their horses, the just groom.
In summer, definitely, but start slowly by running water over the legs for a few minutes, and then hose the shoulder and the neck, and gradually work your way backwards. When you have lukewarm water, like at racing facilities, you can hose more rapidly - the go-slow is about avoiding temperature stress. (Think about getting in a cold lake versus into warmer water!) If the horse's hindquarters aren't sweaty and the weather isn't hot, I don't hose those except between the legs where the foam builds up, and down the back of the legs.

In cooler weather, a bucket of warmish water and a sponge are good, just do the areas that need it. I dry using a scraper first, then I towel them off - they usually love the scrubbing. Head is always done with a sponge, never scraped (don't scrape the legs either, just the fleshy parts of the horse), and towelled dry.

Then the horse can go and roll - and it helps if you have clean sand for that, not the local black stuff! Otherwise, walk dry before turning loose to avoid a dirt-encrusted result!
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post #42 of 45 Old 09-26-2014, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks, sorry I just needed to make a long story short.

About the feeding without blankets - should I have one of those round bales and leave it out in the pasture for free choice? And that way they can have what they want, do you reckon free choice is good?
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Free choice is good but are there enough horses eating on it to finish it before it spoils? While the top layer does protect the inner layers some it's only a matter of time before the water does get through. I'm in a pretty wet place compared to a lot of places in Australia though so you might get away with more.

I know I waste an awful lot of hay this way at the beginning and end of the freeze season.

Some folks can get the round bale under cover and just peel off what they need and give it to the horses.

Last winter the snow was too deep for me to get out into the pasture with the truck so I had a spot cleared in my yard near the road and would have to fill a large sled with hay and do it that way. Not a problem you are going to run into but kind of makes you aware of the drawbacks to round bales. Not easily portable.

Also if they have never been fed free choice hay before they are going to appear to be total gluttons until they realize the hay isn't going to run out then they slow down.

What do you actually have for pasture? They won't eat a lot of hay if there is fresh growing grass in adequate amounts. The last round bale I put out there in the spring is usually wasted about half way through before the grass comes in and they won't touch it. But my 3 are also wandering nearly 20 acres so there is plenty to eat once things warm up.
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post #44 of 45 Old 09-26-2014, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Well I have 2.5 acres of semi lush grass, with a few weeds growing in here and there. I would be having two horses on it. The shelter is quite large so I was thinking of putting the hay in there. If hay gets wasted, just left on the ground I could reuse it for chicken bedding. If it gets squashed on and mud all over that's another story. What's my best bet? Free choice? I could start to feed them in slow feeders for a start if they are scoffing it down.
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post #45 of 45 Old 09-26-2014, 11:19 AM
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I think you're going to have to play it by ear. All horses are a little different.
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