Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

RE: [RC] electrolytes, hay and pre-ride feeding - heidi

I  know that, but since everyone was talking about hay specifically I just 
wondered if there is a reason.  Plus, some folks say that you should not 
start feeding hay suddenly which is essentially what I am doing when I go to 
the ride/show/etc. and give free choice hay.  I have not had any problems so 
far *knock on wood*

Yes, there is a reason for speifying hay rather than grass.  Grass has a high 
water content, and since the horse tends to eat by weight, it is difficult to 
get enough grass into them to get sufficient dry matter into the hindgut.  
Also, switching from a wet feed to a dry feed abruptly can have its own issues.

In your situation, it might pay to limit their grazing for a few days pre-ride 
so that they WILL eat the hay.  Might pay to play around with it some and see 
what happens.



Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp
Subscribe/Unsubscribe http://www.endurance.net/ridecamp/logon.asp

Ride Long and Ride Safe!!