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post #31 of 41 Old 05-07-2015, 02:22 PM
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I once went out walking fence lines just to make sure everything was in good order when I came upon some new neighbors. They and their kids came rushing over to ask me about the horses in the pasture and began to tell me how much they all loved to feed them goodies. I immediately asked what they had been giving the horses to eat and they showed me a bag some god awful molasses and corn filled grain mixture and corn tortillas. I about lost my mind!

I explained the dangers of feeding horses they didn't know and told them they could have potentially killed these horses. If they wanted to give treats they were allowed to give each horse a couple of carrots.

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I have heard of stuff like this happening. There are genetic disorders like HERDA you also have to be careful about. Plus it's not your horse, so it's rude unless you have permission. Great point
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I explained the dangers of feeding horses they didn't know and told them they could have potentially killed these horses. If they wanted to give treats they were allowed to give each horse a couple of carrots.
Think I would have also asked them how they'd feel about strangers giving their kids a big bag of lollies whenever they saw them...
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post #34 of 41 Old 05-08-2015, 12:48 AM
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i made a slow feeder for my mare because she can consume 10lbs of hay in 5 min (no joke i timed her, she hovers it up like it was never there). well the other boarder "felt bad" for her because she was fighting with the slow feeder. so she fed my horse , who has only ever had bermuda and alfalfa for the past 7 years, a big flake of timothy hay she brought with her from NEW YORK!!! umm the hay is WAY different then az hay, so that could have been colic. and my mare choked on grass a year later so apparently she could have choked on the grass/timothy too.

people keep wanting to give my mare apples, carrots and horse cookies and bits of alfalfa but i'm going to have to make a sign saying she is possibly IR (vet thinks she is just need a blood test) and cant have sugar at ALL.
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post #35 of 41 Old 05-09-2015, 12:00 AM
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Do NOT feed other peoples horses

Luckily, my mare lives in my backyard so nobody can do anything unless they have a lock cutter and are able to deal with a mare who acts like a rottweiler with strangers
However, people do bust my *** about how much I feed my horse. As of now, she's just a lawn ornament. I haven't ridden her in a while (she keeps finding new ways to injure herself: suspensory and most recently a hematoma) and she is also an extremely easy keeper. She gets 1 big flake of 3-way in the morning and 1 small flake of alfalfa at night. She doesn't need grain and she gets to graze a little bit during turn out. I get told I don't know what I'm doing and she's starving. Well, you tell me! Here's a picture of her a few days ago...
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post #36 of 41 Old 05-09-2015, 12:22 AM
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oh that poor baby!!! Look at her! all skin and bones!!! lmao i hate when people say they need all this hay. lord if my mare had hay 24/7 shed look like a aqha halter horse (she is an egyptian arabian).
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post #37 of 41 Old 05-09-2015, 02:51 AM
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Yeah, I don't feed her except on Wednesdays when animal control comes by...Lol. Some people are ridiculous!
And oh you're lucky, I've been wanting an Arab for years! (:
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Your horse is obviously fading away classic! Very pretty girl!

Regardless of condition of the horse, the 'rule of thumb' around 2% bwt(ideal bwt that is) daily in forage, and need to eat little & often/free choice in small quantities, to maintain gut health. So if your 2 hay meals a day are in a 'slow feeder' that lasts her, and they add up to around that much feed, great!

If she puts on more weight, then you may lower the quantity slightly, but it's generally best to provide quantity & 'lower energy' hay if possible instead, or if can't avoid 'sweet' hay, soaking it is an option. And alfalfa is a high energy feed, so you might want to replace/cut that with more grass hay if she's doing 'too easy'

Kiger, like a 'dieting' human, keeping a horse on a 'reduced ration' effects the metabolism & the body will respond by hanging onto more fat.
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post #39 of 41 Old 05-09-2015, 04:36 AM
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my mare was getting nothing but bermuda and she got fat. like worrisome fat with riding and arena turnout. the only hay we have out here is alfalfa or bermuda. she cant have freerange hay anyway as she has choked on bermuda. And she eats/brakes every slow feeder i have built/bought. but that is no longer a problem. im having the opposite issue and am feeding her 20lbs of soaked pellets a day trying to get more weight on mine. Bo as decided that if my horse is getting ANY supplemental feeding he can feed my mare only 4lbs of pellets a day...
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Thank you!! I know if I she was in full work with this feeding schedule she would be ribby, so as I bring her back into the swing of things I'll increase her feed.

Question, though. (And please don't throw anything, this is my first time having a horse at home - it's only been 2 months!) How slowly should I increase her hay amount? Feel free to DM me!

Sorry for getting off topic, OP!
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