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post #11 of 18 Old 01-26-2015, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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i'm in the 'feed only when worked with' camp.

but i don't feed pounds of feed/oats, etc and i don't work my mare daily. my mare gets a handful, literally, of horse treats mixed with a smidgen of oats or sweet feed (one small handful is not going to make her hot when she gets it once a week at most). i look at it as a reward for her working with me and learning what i want her to do. the tiny bit of hard feed she gets is not enough to be called a feeding, nor is it going to impact her weight/condition, etc.

by 0,5l you mean half a litre? that's very little, the same as filling your running shoe roughly, and sounds more in the 'handful for a treat' category to me.
It's great to hear positive answers :) Yeah, I mean half a litre. It is meant more as a 'treat', as I don't need her to put on more weight, etc. How long have you been feeding your horse like this? Has she had any problems with digestion or everything seems okay?
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I do this when I feel like my horse is needing a little extra. If she's starting to lose too much, I will come out on days I don't ride to give it to her. I'm in a semi to full board situation where my horse is turned out and fed hay with the rest, but if I want anything extra I do it myself. Of course when I feed after a ride I make sure she if completely cooled out before feeding, and it isn't a dramatic enough amount that skipping or adding a day will effect her digestion.
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You have to decide if you're feeding your horse to prepare it for a specific riding program in which case it should be consistent or if its just as a reward when it can be anything like sliced carrots, apples, even a small handful of sweet mix.
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It's great to hear positive answers :) Yeah, I mean half a litre. It is meant more as a 'treat', as I don't need her to put on more weight, etc. How long have you been feeding your horse like this? Has she had any problems with digestion or everything seems okay?
my mare has had this 'treat feeding' regime for nearly a year now, no problems whatsoever. i've always 'fed' my horses this way, as they have all been easy keepers that don't require hard feed on a daily basis and don't work hard enough to need any extra feed to keep condition up. mare is more a pasture pet this winter than anything, lol.
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As jaydee says, it depends what you're feeding for & how much. I don't believe big & rich irregular feeds are a good move, but a few handfuls as a treat, &/or some chaff, beet pulp, etc added is also fine. It is also no worries to feed immediately after exercise - so long as the horse isn't puffing straight from a gallop or some such.

Horses are built for little & often browsing of high fibre, low starch diets. One factor of that is, they dont digest well feeds - particularly starchy - that are fed infrequently. They then have a higher likelihood of causing digestive upsets. That's the reason it's also important to introduce/change feeds gradually too. So for arguments sake, want to start feeding 4lb oats & 4lb beet pulp; I'd start with 2 cups, pref over couple feeds, and raise it a cup every few days till you get to your goal.
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As jaydee says, it depends what you're feeding for & how much. I don't believe big & rich irregular feeds are a good move, but a few handfuls as a treat, &/or some chaff, beet pulp, etc added is also fine. It is also no worries to feed immediately after exercise - so long as the horse isn't puffing straight from a gallop or some such.

Horses are built for little & often browsing of high fibre, low starch diets. One factor of that is, they dont digest well feeds - particularly starchy - that are fed infrequently. They then have a higher likelihood of causing digestive upsets. That's the reason it's also important to introduce/change feeds gradually too. So for arguments sake, want to start feeding 4lb oats & 4lb beet pulp; I'd start with 2 cups, pref over couple feeds, and raise it a cup every few days till you get to your goal.
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Thank you for explaining! :) I'm actually taking a course in equine nutrition so I will (hopefully) get better at this as I advance there. With Aghata, I will start giving her two handfuls of oats after riding (should I start with one handful?), but I will take her tack off and let her eat hay in the pasture for a couple minutes (gives me time to get the oats and a bucket). And then she will get the 'treat' . Sounds like a plan :)
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A totally fine plan as the amount you are feeding is really a "treat" rather than a "meal". If you are feeding her to maintain her body condition that would need to be done everyday, but a small snack to make both her and you feel good after a job well done? That is no problem at all.

My horses are fed concentrates/grain in addition to their hay or pasture each day, but I will also give them a treat after working if I'm not feeding them breakfast or dinner at that time. My "treat" is usually a couple of carrots, horse cookies or just a handful or two of their usual grain. I've had no problems doing this.
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In the spring when we start riding again, we give our two horses a 2 quart scoop of oats after a ride,never has caused an issue. Thats hit and miss in the spring if they got too fat over winter.
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