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post #1 of 8 Old 11-01-2015, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Feeding Schedule

I'm new to the horse world. Just started taking lessons and hope to get my very first horse in about 1.5 years. I would love to hear about your typical day with your horse (from morning feeding to putting them away for the night).
Do you feed them at 6am and 6pm? How often do you ride?

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-01-2015, 09:01 PM
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Welcome!!

My schedule varies, but generally I feed at about 7 AM,clean the barn, fill water buckets. Go back to the house and eat my breakfast. In the winter, I turn horses out during the day after they get worked, if they are getting worked. Then I bring them in right before dark, feed, hay, water again.

I have 13 horses, so most of my day is consumed with them. I ride or drive as weather permits, but there is no schedule.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 10:51 PM
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I would not keep my horses locked up &/or in solitary(unless for emergencies). I keep them as naturally as possible. So, my 'typical day' is going there daily if possible, to give them a VERY tiny feed(they're fat, don't need more calories) with appropriate nutritional supplements in it, check water(not automatic) and go for a ride, walk or play with them when I can. My typical nice weather school afternoon when I have time is to go brush & saddle the ponies & walk with them the 1km to the school bus stop, then walk back again while my girls ride.

If I had to hardfeed, or horses were cooped up, I'd be wanting to get there at least 3 times a day - horses need to be fed little & often to get the most from their feed, for certain things to be digested without problem, and they need exercise, shouldn't be left for many hours on end in small enclosures without.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 10:59 PM
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I feed them anywhere between 7:30am and 8:30am. They only get about one scoop of feed. They're on pasture 24/7 and have hay. I also fill their water bucket up. I only feed them once a day too.

I typically ride in the afternoons. During the spring/summer when it gets dark later, I ride in the evening normally around 7pm. During the fall/winter (now) when it gets darker earlier, I ride in the afternoons around 2-4pm, depending on when I go. I try to ride several times a week, I rotate between the two. I ride one horse M/W/F and maybe Saturday and the other horse Tues/Thurs and maybe Saturday - they normally get Sundays off.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-05-2015, 11:22 PM
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A lot will depend on what type of situation you have, whether horses at home, you board, or work at training barn or breeding farm.

As well as if you work for a living and have a family.

I've done feeding at noon when just did one feeding, and tossed enough hay to last them until next day. They were pastured as well.

Have fed 2x a day and hayed 2x.

If they are out of pasture, they don't need putting up per se.

As for riding, back when I rode, it was both on a job so daily then, and for my own, whenever the heat and my tiredness let me, or it was planned.

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-09-2015, 12:45 PM
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I board

Well, I am at a stable that feeds and waters. They feed around 7. I muck everyday.

On a typical day I drive up to the barn and while still in the car I say hello to my mare. I usually have a lesson planed before I get there and I'm always doing something new. I clean her up if I'm tacking up, sometimes a bath before we ride. From he round pen, stall, arena, and trail I train my horse to be better at 2 or 3 things. I cool down then clean her. I clean her again and sometimes make her stand at the rail or just put her away right away. Sometimes I ride twice.. or make her walk to the store where they have horse ties..

I feed again once were are done working. Treats are given sparingly depending on how I want to her behavior to be.. she was spoiled as a foal and I don't want her to be spoiled but I also want her to come up to me easily.

When I leave I make sure to clean up all my stuff and any poo my mare has made.. at most barns you board at it is customary to clean up after your horse right away.. but its lax where I am at.

I always say, "I love you Gracie" as I leave..
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-09-2015, 01:07 PM
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Well, no real schedule as my life is hectic through classes and having non fixed work hours that change weekly so I have to adapt a bit, but my horses are on turnout with grass 24/7 but they also get three feeds a day (they get worked around 12ish hours a week) So its morning feed (between 5 am - 8am), check over, groom, un-rug or rug depending on the weather (I only rug in really cold weather, intense rain and wind, or if the flies and bities are particularily bad), ride a horse, go home, do life things, hay feed at midday-ish (11.30 -2pm), leave, do stuff, and I'm back at around 4ish to ride the other horse or do whatever training I have planned, feed, check over,groom, rug/unrug and then I am usually home at 8.30
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-09-2015, 01:09 PM
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I board, and my horse gets fed three times a day.
My gelding is retired now, but I typically rode five days a week.

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