Hello all. I have a question about putting slow eaters in the same paddock as fast eaters. Here's the situation:
I have 3 horses now:
is a pregnant quarter horse, very dominant or so I hear (just got her and she's alone in a paddock right now getting to know our other horses over a fence line.) Luna eats her granules quick enough, which are fed to her 2x a day morning and night, but just nibbles at hay very slowly during the day. It took her 12 hours to eat 3 flakes.
is a half draft/half arab who's 13 and very mellow, always the bottom of the hierarchy. She wolfs her food down and eats anything. She'd love to eat everyone's food.
is a New Forest, 5 years old, dominant over Organdy but not many others - I'm sure he'll be under Luna in the hierarchy. Buddy eats slowly, but he will also eat just about anything. He won't let Organdy share his food so far, but they've only been together a couple days.
I want to put all 3 together, but I worry the two non-pregnant horses will eat all the pregnant horse's rations before she has a chance to finish them (the hay, not the granules).
I bought 3 slow-feeders (very cool looking ones, I have high hopes, link below) hoping that might keep them away from her rations since it might make them take all day to eat their own.
Any suggestions? Anyone dealt with this before?
I want to put them together because we're moving to a place where I can finally put my paddock paradise into place! This will happen after the baby is born, if that matters to your answer.
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