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post #1 of 6 Old 06-10-2015, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I just bought a 14 acre ranch, the ranch is 100 miles from where I live. I won't be moving there until the beginning of next year,

I'm buying a a pair of horses to have when I go stay there on the weekend.

My ulitmate plan is to find a a ranch hand to help me for the next 6 months until I move there it will take me a few weeks till I find some one

In the meantime. How can I assure that the horses have enough to eat for 6 days while I'm gone. There is a 3, 4 acre parcels where they can graze the grass is long and dry right now. Is that enough for them to eat or do they need hay or alfalfa in addition?

Can I spread out food for them to eat for the time being or use some type of feeding device where they can eat for 6-7 days

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-10-2015, 11:43 PM
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Quite honestly, I think that's a tricky situation to manage effectively. The horses should be seen daily to ensure there's water, food and they're not injured as well as checking the condition of the fence. It's also very easy for a couple of horses to disappear, whether by their own design or with help, in that period of time.

As far as feed is concerned, the obvious response is to put out a round bale that would likely last more than a week. For water, you would need (assuming there's not a stream, etc.) multiple troughs (or one really big one) filled up to match what they would drink in six days. I don't know where you are but you may still be left with needing a solution to maintain the quality of the water during that time if it "spoils" because of heat.
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Yes I agree, ultimately there will be some one who we trust watching
Over them daily

Till then I need a solution for a few weeks

If I set a round bale out for 2 -3 horses do I have to worry about them over eating it?

Should it be in a slow down dispenser or covered with a net?
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 12:07 AM
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It is possible they'll overeat; it's also possible they'll make a mess of the bale and waste hay. You could put a slow feeder system in place but you'll need to make sure that it can't somehow prevent them from eating or becomes dangerous to them if something on toward happens (what with horses being horses).

What is your water situation at the new place?
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not as concerned about water as I am about feed

Water we will have 3 70 gallon tubs under a shelter in 3 locations

We will also have a automatic water feeder
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-11-2015, 08:23 AM
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You should be more concerned with adequate plentiful fresh water than feed.
No water, no life!
Your working automatic waterers though should remedy that part of the problem though.

My 4 horses are currently drinking 70 gallons a day or more...they are just grazing in a field.
I have 2 - 40 gallon troughs I use so always water available in 2 pasture locations for them. I also have 5 gallon buckets under my barn shelter that are always another 20 gallons of water their for them
I don't have a automatic water system...someday I will!
I scrub and check for floating small animals that drown looking for a drink daily... yuck!

Since there is grass, although long and dry they can nibble and eat, roam around on....
I would if you need to be gone for a period of time put out at least one round bale in a HORSE round bale feeder to best protect it from them using it as a potty or mattress.... They might gorge on the first one then settle down and eat accordingly once they have their fill of free-choice and realize it isn't going away..
Make darn sure all of your fences are secure and in really good condition first.
They also need some sort of shelter, in my opinion, if they choose to use it or not, it is their for them!
Don't forget to offer salt licks for them....

Have someone check on them daily if possible or every other much can go wrong and no one would know otherwise.
You may just need to make the drive yourself daily although inconvenient or plan on getting the horses and prepare for them but hold off till you are in residence at that location...

The horses if left with enough forage of pasture or hay should not need "feed".... they are a grazing animal by nature and if adequate grass/hay is available can live without any "feed".
Good luck with your decisions....

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