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post #1 of 6 Old 10-19-2015, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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What's Your Daily Routine?

Hello everyone, I have a few questions and i'm hoping some of you may be able to offer some advice :)

I have owned horses before, however, after a 6 year (!) break I am set to become a horse owner once again, at the end of the month.

Now, I am freaking out slightly in terms of getting back in to it all/ convincing myself that I have forgotten EVERYTHING haha.

So, just some general questions for you really:

How much hay do you go through and how do you disperse this throughout 1 day?
When/ how often do you feed your horse?
How much time does your horse spend in the stable vs the field?
Which livery option suits you best? I'm looking at different options at the moment.. so any insight would be helpful - especially if you work full time!


Thanks in advance!
:)
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-19-2015, 07:29 AM
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Hello everyone, I have a few questions and i'm hoping some of you may be able to offer some advice :)

I have owned horses before, however, after a 6 year (!) break I am set to become a horse owner once again, at the end of the month.

Now, I am freaking out slightly in terms of getting back in to it all/ convincing myself that I have forgotten EVERYTHING haha.

So, just some general questions for you really:

How much hay do you go through and how do you disperse this throughout 1 day?
When/ how often do you feed your horse?
How much time does your horse spend in the stable vs the field?
Which livery option suits you best? I'm looking at different options at the moment.. so any insight would be helpful - especially if you work full time!


Thanks in advance!
:)
I am in Australia and I would say that makes a difference in horse care but also it really depends on the horse as well as I am sure you're aware.

My TB is a really good doer so his feed is really low.
He gets 1/2 a biscuit of Lucerne hay
He gets fed once a day 1kg of coprice cool conditioner pony pellets and 60g of equine vit and min.
he is full paddock 24/7
I am only casual at work but I also study so my time is quite limited but I like to do self care to make sure I actually get to see my horse getting fed.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-19-2015, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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I am in Australia and I would say that makes a difference in horse care but also it really depends on the horse as well as I am sure you're aware.

My TB is a really good doer so his feed is really low.
He gets 1/2 a biscuit of Lucerne hay
He gets fed once a day 1kg of coprice cool conditioner pony pellets and 60g of equine vit and min.
he is full paddock 24/7
I am only casual at work but I also study so my time is quite limited but I like to do self care to make sure I actually get to see my horse getting fed.
Thanks for your reply - yes I am keen to feed him myself everyday as i've had a bad experience in the past with this.

My last one was a TB so pretty similar, however, the new one is a big chunky warmblood type so it's going to be totally different!
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-19-2015, 08:19 PM
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i work at a boarding facility with 28 horses, so ill just give you a few examples of some of the horses daily routines there. they have the same schedule everyday. the only difference is that in the summer, most are out over night, but during the winter, those horses go out all day.

6am - hay time (horses get 3 flakes, ponies get 2)
6:30am - grain (depends on the pony/horse how much& what they get)
7am - bring in the horses that were out all night
then the first group of daytime guys & the ones that are out all day go out
10am - first group of day time guys come in, second group goes out
12pm - lunch hay (everyone thats in gets one flake)
12:30pm - second group of daytime guys come in
3pm - the horses that were out all day come in
4pm - dinner hay (horses get 2 flakes, ponies get 1)
4:30pm dinner grain (again, depends on horse/pony)
5-5:30pm - all night time guys go out
9pm night hay (everyone that in gets 2-3 flakes)

so if you figure you have a horse, they get about 9-10 flakes per day and say roughly a scoop of grain. if there on grass though then its a lot less - our fields are really good and have all grass, so in the summer we go through a lot less hay then we do in the winter.

if you work full time, then its probably better that you do full board. if your horse is an easy keeper, then you could probably do self care/ partial care..then you could get away with going to the barn once a day after work, give grain and clean its stall (unless if its on field board). if you do partial care then you may not have to worry about feeding or turning in/out and just supply everything and clean the stall. in my experience, its easy to get grain& bedding for a stall, but if your able to use the hay at the facility, i would definately consider it, unless they dont supply good hay. but you also need to logically think about it - if you have a hard keeper, do you want to wake up 2 hours early before work, go to the barn, turn your horse in/out, give it its hay& grain, and clean its stall? then make sure your there right after work to give it its dinner and bring it in? what about during the winter when you may need to blanket your horse..you would have to be at the barn around 10-11 when it starts getting warmer in the morning to take blankets off, and then at 9 at night when its really cold and they need another layer? also, what would happen if you have a meeting or want to go out with friends, but thats your horses dinner time? horses need a strict schedule..so if you think that it may be hard for your schedule..you may want to consider full or at least partial care. im not saying self care cant be done, but it would be hard. i also suggest having a stall& feild available - 12 hours in and 12 hours out is like the best option in my opinion. its always up to the horse though and what they like.

i hope i was helpful & good luck with your new bestfriend!😊
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-20-2015, 03:15 AM
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My horse is out 24/7. He is on about 7 - 10 acres shared with around 6 other horses and the paddock get rotated between three different ones.

I don't feed hay because I don't need it. He is sustained on pasture year round. I feed him when I do stuff with him but it's only a little treat/supplement rather than routine.

It's a self care situation and it suits me really well. They check the horses daily, and will organise and catch for farrier Etc but otherwise all up to me. I personally think horses are happiest turned out all the time in good paddocks. It's also the cheapest and least work for the owner (if self care) so that's a plus!
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-20-2015, 11:48 AM
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I like the routine at the facility I am moving my horse to. Horses get hay and grain at 6:00 AM and then get turned out on pasture. The ones that are on lean pasture get hay at noon. Then come in at 5:00 pm for hay and grain and then get more hay around 10:00 PM. In the summer when the flies are bad, it is reversed and they are in the barn during the day and turned out at night.

My own barn was run a little differently. The feeding was very similar except that there were periods in the Spring and Fall when the horses were only in to eat and were out on pasture the rest of the time.

Pasture makes a big difference but my main concern is having feeding spaced out so there are no long periods with nothing to eat. I also don't like feeding grain on an empty stomach (hay first) then grain.
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