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View Poll Results: How often do you feed your horse?
1 time a day 5 11.11%
2 times a day 29 64.44%
3 times a day 6 13.33%
4 times a day 2 4.44%
5 times a day 2 4.44%
Free access at day 3 6.67%
Free access at night 1 2.22%
Free access 4 8.89%
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post #11 of 30 Old 08-30-2009, 07:08 PM
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Mine are all on free access feeding. We buy those big bales of hay (alfalfa/grass mix in summer and pure alfalfa in winter) and just set them in the pasture/pen. When they get one eaten down, then we put another out. Been doing that for about 10 years and have never had a bout of colic, founder, or any other health problem resulting from feed. I only ever have to deal with injuries or an occasional tying up episode (Dobe is prone to it if I ask too much when he hasn't been worked).
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post #12 of 30 Old 08-30-2009, 07:20 PM
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I would have too say my horse gets fed 2x day! Once in the morning and night.
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post #13 of 30 Old 08-30-2009, 07:35 PM
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Mine are out 24/7 on pasture I supplement grazing with a large round bale and I also feed 1x per day through the spring/summer and 2x per day fall/winter. This has worked well with no colic or any other feed related problems.
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post #14 of 30 Old 08-30-2009, 07:36 PM
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Twice a day, morning and late afternoon/early evening. But they are on pasture all day (grass in summer, round bale in winter)plus hay with their PM feeding.

If weather keeps them in, they get hay in the morning too with their grain
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post #15 of 30 Old 08-31-2009, 01:04 AM
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I feed grain/goodies once a day. The horses have all-day free access to pasture and hay (when needed). I only bring them up in stalls for their grain, then right back out. I do not believe in stalling horses for extended periods of time, unless absolutely necessary (due to injury, illness, or other extenuating circumstances).

When my horses were in a dry lot, they got hay three times a day with a separate grain/goodies feeding, so they were fed 4 times a day.
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post #16 of 30 Old 08-31-2009, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by HeidiNorway View Post
Why not more often? It's better for det horse :)
As long as you're giving enough hay at each feeding that there is a little left over by the next feeding, it's just fine. If the horse totally cleans up all hay between feedings, then he/she is not getting enough and you can risk ulcers.
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post #17 of 30 Old 08-31-2009, 10:46 AM
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I put 3 times a day, but mine go out to pasture all night long as well.

I feed hay/grain in the morning, alfalfa cubes around lunch time (noon) and hay/grain around 3:00 - 4:00 in the afternoon. I wish I could feed them around 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. instead of early afternoon, but I have to go to work, so that is when they have to eat.
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post #18 of 30 Old 08-31-2009, 10:55 AM
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I call mine up from the pasture at 7 am, grain them, give them plenty of hay and keep them in the paddock during the day (free access to the barn with a fan going during the summer).

I feed again at 4 pm then turn them out to pasture until the next morning.

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post #19 of 30 Old 08-31-2009, 02:21 PM
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Five times per day. Grain am/pm - measured amounts of hay 5 times.

We don't have much for pasture, so they get hay year round. Another reason for the 5 times per day is because of our 30+ year old pony. She has no teeth and gets 2 pounds of soaked hay cubes per feeding. If we were to feed her an not give the others anything they'd take down a fence....LOL. It's a pain sometimes, but we've done it for years. We like the fact that the longest they go without food is 8-9 hours (10pm-6:30am)
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post #20 of 30 Old 08-31-2009, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by HeidiNorway View Post
Why not more often? It's better for det horse :)
Thats how most people around here do it. We adjust there grain to the amount of work they are getting, and the time of year. In the winter they get more then double the amount of hay and grain they get in the summer months, ect.

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