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post #1 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding schedule

Hi all,

My horses normally get fed their grain and hay at 8am

A flake thrown at 2pm

My horses have slow feeders for what itís worth (nibble nets)

And dinner hay and grain 5:30- 6 pm. We are in NY

A new barn manager has come in and plans to feed at 8 am and leave BY 4 Pm.

Iím not too thrilled about having nothing for my horses for so many hours.

What Is your feeding scheduling like?
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 02:47 PM
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Ach that is something I also have a bit of a problem with. Depending on the day some staff will leave REALLY EARLY and last feed/water top up was sometimes 3pm! I did end up pointing this out. It wasn't a problem for me as I made sure that I was always there in the evenings but I even went out of my way to top up waters in the middle of summer. Some staff prefer to stay and do the evening feed at 7/8pm which I LOVE.

However, they do the AM feed at 6.30am-7am. But 4pm-8am... yikes. That's not good enough for me :< Leaving her in her filth and without food... no no no. If it's water buckets and no auto-drinker then definitely a big NO. If I had no choice you bet she'd be left with huge or multiple haynets but what do you do if they are greedy piggies? Sorry you're going through this... if only we could all just have our own horse property eh?!
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Dallas1 View Post
Hi all,

My horses normally get fed their grain and hay at 8am

A flake thrown at 2pm

My horses have slow feeders for what itís worth (nibble nets)

And dinner hay and grain 5:30- 6 pm. We are in NY

A new barn manager has come in and plans to feed at 8 am and leave BY 4 Pm.

Iím not too thrilled about having nothing for my horses for so many hours.

What Is your feeding scheduling like?
The barn I board and work part time at has morning chores 6-9:30am, noon check which takes about an hour, pm chores 4:30, and night check at 8. BO has two full timers that work 6-2 and then lots of part time.

We feed grain right away at 6am. If its not too wet we turn out the majority of the horses after that and they all have about half a small square bale in paddock. They stay out until about 4:30pm. The ones that stay in get two flakes after grain. After cleaning their stalls the ones staying in then get one more flake. The ones staying in then get another flake around noon.

They come back in about 4:30pm and everyone gets grain and a flake.

At 8pm they all get one last flake for the day.

During the week the full timer does noon check. Then two people come in for PM chores. One person comes in for night check.

Weekends we add in a noon check person because no one stays after chores are done about 9:30am.
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 02:56 PM
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I am only stalling one horse at the moment but I give him his feed and hay at 6 am before I go to work. Depending on if I ride or not, he usually gets his feed and hay about 6-7 pm after cleaning his stall.
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post #5 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 03:12 PM
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Barn I worked at horse's in stall were fed at 7 am then turned out for day. Didn't matter the weather horse's went out. If cold snowy or raining. Horse's either had turnout blankets on or rain sheets, put on before being turned out.

They all had big round bales in turnout. Were brought in at 6pm fed grain given two big flakes of hay. Water buckets filled all horse's had two buckets.

Some owners wanted their horse's left in if weather was bad. Those horse got fed 4 big flakes of hay which lasted till pm feeding. Water was checked again at 2 pm for horse's left inside.

My own horse's get fed once a day grain and hay. They live outside 24/7 sometimes they run out of hay depending on how cold it is. On really bad weather days I'll bring them in. Once weather clears up they go back out.

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post #6 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 05:39 PM
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that really is not even an 8hr day. The nibble nets will help but I think it depends on how much hay is put into the nets. It is getting colder where I live (NW IL) and we just had our first accumulating snow, pastures will be shut off completely very soon. My horses are fed grain between 5 and 6 am (it varies based on when I get up) letout into the pasture brought in to a dry lot at noon (ish)( I work from home so depends on what is going on at work) and given a bit more grain (just enough to entice them to come in from the pasture) and given a couple flakes of hay each. Between 4:30 and 6 (again depends on work and when I need to be at my 2nd job) the horses are put into their stalls with runs and given hay in a slow feed net as well as their nightly grain. Ideally I like to make sure my horses have hay through most of the night but have it all gone by the time I get out there in the morning.

On days that I travel for work if it is winter they are not let out but have their slow feeders filled and water topped off and stalls cleaned. When I get back from wherever I am they are tossed out in the dry lot so stalls can be cleaned again as well as have their slow feeders filled up and grain put in.

Personally I would want to make sure that your horse is being fed enough forage in the time frame staff is there or that the bags are filled up enough to last well into the evening.
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 06:50 PM
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I have my horses at home and my feeding schedule can fluctuate depending on my work. But I stick to the same schedule most of the time which is:

Morning feeding around 7-8am. Really depends on daylight as I will wait until I can actually see what I'm doing.

They get turned out during the day, so unless it is winter and really cold I do not feed lunch as they can graze.

Horses come in around 4:30 from grazing. They get their beet pulp and supplements in between 4:30/5:30. I try to feed their supper hay as late as I can before dark so they get the most of it during the night time. I spread many hay piles for them and also hang slow feeder nets during the evening. Right now they get fed dinner at 6:30, but once the time changes that will be bumped up. Most mornings they have most of the hay gone, but have left little bits spread around, so I know they aren't starving at least.

My horses are not stalled though.
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post #8 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 07:37 PM
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My BO feeds the horses around 6 am, probably a little later if it is colder out as he's an older gentleman. Then they get fed at dusk as well. I'm in Arizona, so the weather is slightly different here. They get two flakes of alfalfa morning and night.

I feed them their beet pulp and supplements when I am out there so honestly it is a different time every day and sometimes they have to skip a day.

I did just buy slow feeders to put grass hay in as well.

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post #9 of 15 Old 11-01-2019, 08:33 PM
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If your horse is given enough hay in his slow feed net to last through the night, no worries. An extra hr & a half's worth isn't going to take much more room in the net. I wouldn't generally advise feeding horses grain, especially if you can only feed it in 2 meals daily.

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post #10 of 15 Old 11-03-2019, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. I do own this property and barn. I have 3 horses who have decent sized paddocks and run in Which are more like open stalls with Dutch doors (never closed them in)

I lease the property to someone who has 50 years experience and yet, this seems ok with him.

I Solved the problem by committing to feed my horses myself At 6pm. I stuff my big guys hay bags but my Icelandic horses hay is weighed out (he will eat until he looks like a elephant) So Iím only leaving him with 6 pounds over night. (He gets 12-13 pounds of hay a day, no grain)

I also threw the other horses A flake as I left for the night so I felt better....

Iím very concerned about the water freezing. The person who feeds was out the door 4:07 pm yesterday. The only horses who have heated bowls are mine. (Electric in their stalls). The water will freeze here in Ny within a short amount of time. These horses belong to the person who lease my property. They are his sale horses. I have to assume he knows what heís doing. Heís got decades of experience. 🙏🤷🏻
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