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[RC] ! - Ranelle Rubin


I have always felt that horses fed hay on the ground have a much higher risk of sand colic, yet like you, want them eating with their heads down. I purchased large rubber feeders (50 gal size) that their hay goes into. They are actually water troughs so they are huge. I find the smaller ones only cause the hay to end up on the ground anyway.

This has worked well for me. If they are fed inside, you can build feed boxes that are on the ground with sides high enough to keep most of the hay in the box.

I feed my horses their beet pulp/grain mix in shallow feed pan on the ground. They get such a small amount daily that it has gone through them before it hits the ground!

Ranelle Rubin
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From: Thekids18049@xxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC]   Feeding on the ground?
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 10:11:17 EST

I would like to ask people if feeding the horse on the ground with out a pan
is a bad thing and why? I mean in the wild everything they eat is on the
ground and is much more natural for them to eat with their head down in grazing
position not high up. We feed grain....

Just something I've been thinking about!



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[RC] Feeding on the ground?, Thekids18049