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I am on partial care and a LOT of things happened today (beyond my control) and I couldn't make it to the barn to feed my darling. He is FAT as all get out and is normally fed 1 scoop of sweet feed and 2 flakes of hay per day. He will be okay going without food for one day, right?

I am planning to get up early tomorrow and go feed him. I just couldn't control what was going on today. A close friend passed away.

P.S. -- he is also wooly and hairy as a sheepdog and he is very warm inside the heated barn. He has fresh, clean water--I cleaned his water out last night and filled it up.
 

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Horses are grazers, they are meant to have forrage in their bellies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It is ok if your horse has access to hay, or pasture - It is not ok that our horses are left for any amount of time with nothing in their bellies.

They aren't like us, our digestive systems are not the same. While it is ok for us to eat anywhere between 1 - 3 meals a day, it isn't for horses.

You do not want to risk colic, stomache acid and other stomache and digestive issues.

Do you feed a digestive suppliment?
 

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You need to set up an emergency back up plan so this never happens again. Horses do need to be fed everyday regardless of what horrible things befall us.
 

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You need to set up an emergency back up plan so this never happens again. Horses do need to be fed everyday regardless of what horrible things befall us.
Whats done is done, but it's a good idea to have an emergency plan. I don't board but I have people I can call if an emergency arises and I can't feed my critters. Everyone who has animals depending on them should.
 

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I am by no way an expert on horses, but I've done this with cattle my whole life and do it now with me horse. I grain and give a small (one good flake) amount of high quality hay once a day. The rest of the day she has unlimited access to hay, although it is not the best quality. It's just first cut grass hay. I can fit about a bale and a half or so into her feeder, and I make sure it's full every time I leave the house. I have had bad days at work where I was not able to make it out there before. I work construction, sometimes 16 hour days plus travel time. If it's too bad I have to get a hotel and come home the next day, depending on how far away I'm working. As long as there's enough hay to hold her over she's fine. I would never want her to run out though. One thing I've been told is that if you miss a day on grain don't try to 'make up for it' and give extra the next day.
 

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Jules083- I guess what I should have said is horses have to eat everyday. You can feed them enough to last days. Then you wouldn't have to feed them every day.
 

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I mean hay not grain. You could feed them a round bale for instance that they could eat for days. Grain though is best in small consistent feedings.
 

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I think they mean just give them a bunch of hay. Our are on a round bale so they have hay 24/7.
If a horse has hay, I think it would be ok to miss a day of grain. For them to not have anything at all?... Shouldn't couldn't wouldn't
 

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He should be fine. Make sure he has plenty of water, I would actually feed a little bit LESS grain today and up his hay. As MIEVENTER has said, horses are grazing animals so they are really meant to eat all the time. The forage pushes the food through the digestive tract. So when a horse colics it gets to have hay alot sooner then it gets to have grain. Horses are also animals that are routine oriented (I will add barn kept - people kept horses - for the NH folks). Changes in their routines, and in weather patterns and what not can effect their digestive tracts.

When I was boarding on other peopls property (self care) I ran into issues where I couldn't get out to feed him on occasion. I felt really bad about it but he was ok when I got to him the next day. He was field boarded though.

I think your guy will be fine.
 

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Mine would just eat the barn and every tree they could reach :lol:
 

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^^^ Mine too. Might start chewing on each other for that matter!

On topic -

Your horse should be fine, but as the others said you should figure out an emergency backup plan. In reality we should all have several people that we can rely on if something happens and we can't be there.
 

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It is not ok that our horses are left for any amount of time with nothing in their bellies.
Actually while it's not the best - as long as there is water - the horse will be fine. When horses come in for major surgery - they are NPO for a minimum of 12 hours - just as humans are.
 

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I would certainly figure out some form of back up plan "just in case" of an emergency like this...

That said, while what happened wasn't ideal, he 'should' be okay...definitely don't feed him extra grain because you missed his grain feeding, but try to give him a couple of extra feedings of hay. As others have already mentioned, horses are SO much better if they can have access to hay, atleast, all the time, so even once a day feedings are less than ideal. I feed 4 times a day. When I know I have to leave for a few days, I gradually drop them back to two feedings a day, so that who ever is taking care of them only has to do twice a day, as no one here is too keen on taking care of the animals...go figure! If I am going to be gone throughout the day, I give enough for them to browse on for the entire day, rather than 'single' type feedings.
 

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Actually while it's not the best - as long as there is water - the horse will be fine. When horses come in for major surgery - they are NPO for a minimum of 12 hours - just as humans are.
Good point
 

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He should be fine, though I do agree that you should have a backup plan just in case something comes up again. It is definately not ideal to miss a day, but unless he's on antibiotics or something else that he HAS to get every day, than one day won't kill him. I do board my horse, so its not something I have to worry about, but I have had them in my backyard before, and have had to find people to take care of them if I'm gone or something, and generally those same people would be available in case of an emergency as well.
 

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You guys, I board at a huuuggee facility with literally over a hundred horses there. The management would probably laugh if I called and asked for some help if I only paid for partial board. They have too many horses to look after to do favors for people.

I do have an emergency plan. My friend lives right down the road and I called her and asked her to help me out, to which she said no, sorry. This upset me also, but that's another story..

My friend was only twenty years old when he died. Obviously, he didn't die of natural causes and this has been a horrible week. There was just absolutely nothing I could have done and I just wanted to know if he would be okay for one night.

Thank you to everyone who replied!
 
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