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post #1 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Don't know what to do about horses?

Ok, i know posting this here will probably not help, but i want to get it off my shoulders. Ok, so i'm getting my new horses in two weeks, and a week after that, there is a childrens camp where i volunteered to be a group leader. That is terrible timing and i don't want to leave my horses alone.... My mom might feed them, but she is actually terrified of horses and thinks that it's ok to leave them in the same paddock (their nighttime paddock) for the whole weekend, which wouldn't even be that bad, but she also wants to only feed them once a day because she doesn't want to drive there twice a day... The staying in the same paddock is not even that bad (they would have enough grass), but feeding only once a day can't happen. So i was thinking of not going to the camp, but my aunt is the organizer and she probably wont let me quit =(. Anyways, thank you for reading my sob story ;).
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:04 AM
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Are they on specific supplements? Is the feed hay or an actual feed? Are they underweight or getting worked hard that they need more feeding than the grass?

If it is just hay, she could put out more than one feeding without much issue. If it is actual feed, having only one feeding isn't all that bad. Feedings broken during the day is better but not absolutely necessary.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 04:53 AM
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If there is grass in the paddock I wouldn't freak over once a day. It would be good to at least check up on them though.

As mentioned, it depends on what they get at feeding time.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, i know it wouldn't be that bad if it were hay, but it's speedibeet and minerals, which also would not be that bad, but since they won't even be at my place for a whole week, i don't want to add stress by changing their feed. Also, they are used to being fed twice a day, and if they would only be fed once a day they would wait for their feed for a whole 12 hours. I also know that i am being over dramatic, but they're my horses!
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Yeah, i know it wouldn't be that bad if it were hay, but it's speedibeet and minerals, which also would not be that bad, but since they won't even be at my place for a whole week, i don't want to add stress by changing their feed. Also, they are used to being fed twice a day, and if they would only be fed once a day they would wait for their feed for a whole 12 hours. I also know that i am being over dramatic, but they're my horses! P.S not they are not being worked as they are in AHS.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 06:56 AM
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Maybe you could ask someone else who is closer to feed them, perhaps a neighbor or look for an animal care service that will come feed them.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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All the people closer to my horses don't know anythiing about horses, and we don't get animal care services here...
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 08:54 AM
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When it is time for the second feed they may stand at the gate looking hopeful - or because they will have recently moved (I think?) they may not.

After a while they will give up on waiting, and go back to grazing.

What they will not do is suffer uneccessarily particularly if they have plenty of grass or hay to eat. They won't hold it against you :)

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 09:41 AM
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They will be much better off fed a little less for one week than they will being way over fed at one feeding. That could be tragic. They should be fine if they have grass.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-10-2013, 10:47 AM
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Maybe get some slow feed hay bags, and put them up around the paddock so then they have hay to munch on all day, doubt they'd really think about the grain they're missing. I just moved form a self care barn and we could only feed once a day but we always made sure they had hay in slow feed bags so it lasted. Sometimes I'd do my barn chores, put out hay before feeding and they wouldn't even care to come up for their grain if they had hay. We had bags that fit the entire bale and put them in hay huts, but you could get smaller bags that fit some flakes and hang them around everywhere..just high enough for their feet to not get caught
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