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post #11 of 16 Old 05-19-2014, 10:30 PM
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A friend, a vet, jokingly says "All horses are liars."

I like nibble nets.
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-19-2014, 11:09 PM
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Are you able to give him more hay to nibble on throughout the night?

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post #13 of 16 Old 05-20-2014, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Okay.. wow, yes thank you for the advice. I would LOVE to have a slow feeder hay net in his stall 24/7, but the barn owner on our property will not allow hay nets overnight.

Doesn't matter anyway - even with the SMALLEST hole hay net that I give him, he goes through 3-4 flakes in two hours tops.
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-20-2014, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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It IS a long time, not only seems such! Horses are trickle feeders, meaning they absolutely HAVE TO eat little, but often. With feeding him in set meal times and leaving him without food for so long, you are trying to override his natural instincts to graze almost all the time and are harming him physically - that's a straight way to ulcers. For his physical and psychological health, please, provide him with a slow feeder so that he can feed whenever he wishes during the night. I suspect that will solve your problem.
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-20-2014, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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So to explain some more - I am kind of in a hard place because the barn owner thinks hay nets in the stalls at night is unsafe. I do not own the barn, and it is VERY hard in my area to find someone who does free choice hay OR 24 hour turn out. I know of maybe 2 places that do free choice hay, but they cost over $1000/month.

I give him the soaked hay pellets so I can give him his multivitamin mixed in (since he is on forage only and NO grain..).

I feel like some of you (well really one of you) are questioning my horse ownership, without even knowing me or my situation. I would love for him to have 24/7 turn out and access to hay/grass. In Massachusetts, that is very hard to find, at least in my area. I work a full time job and do mostly rough boarding so I can still monitor his every need, from bumps and cuts to fly spray to making sure he gets the right hay and that he pees the same amount every night and that his water bucket is clean and always full.

I am NOT a passive horse owner.
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Maybe you could show her the nibble nets because they are very different from a standard hay net and it would be really hard for a horse to get tangled up in one - I'm a serious worrywart and see accidents in everything so I'm someone who wouldn't leave a normal haynet with my horses but the Nibble net I'm happy with
You could maybe buy a corner hay rack that's got small holes - safe enough and easy to fill, always damp or soak the hay well to reduce dust getting into their faces when they aren't eating off the floor. That would slow him down
Horses don't always eat a lot in the night - it depends on how greedy they are and how much they've eaten all day. I don't think Looby ate any more than one section last night because they're on some new grass at present and when I did the 10pm barn check she hadn't even started the hay that I gave her at 7pm and Jazzy who's 16.2 hadn't eaten much of hers - they just pick at it - whereas the 2 cobs............!!
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