I recognize that some horses are much more finicky and require a
different routine, but my experience has been that acclimitization to a
particular routine may be even more important than the routine itself,
assuming that nutritional and caloric needs are being met.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Linda VanCeylon [SMTP:LVanCeylon@vines.ColoState.EDU]
> Sent: Monday, April 28, 1997 1:55 PM
> To: Ridecamp@endurance.net
> Subject: RE: Number of feeding a day, was Myths.
> >A question to you and others, I'm genuinely curious and am not in any
> >way out to insult anyone please don't take this the wrong way!!! Why
> >feed two or three times a day? Why not just shove a load of hay there
> >and make sure it never all gets eaten? That way they just snack a
> >all day and don't eat any more than using the several feedings a day
> >method. There is no meal time as such here, but they still look
> >to their supplement time. This way I can grab a horse anytime of the
> >without worrying about feeding time being missed and go riding. Or am
> >Open the bay door please, Hal.
> Hi Nicco,
> The only reason I don't feed hay "free choice" is because of the
> waste. At
> $6.00 a bale I can't afford to have them tromp 1/2 of it into the mud.
> I try to adjust feeding to exactly what they'll clean up in 12 hours.
> is tricky, but basically if I go out in the morning and see that some
> was tromped and soiled, I cut back by 1/2 a flake or so. If every
> leaf is
> gone in the evening, I give them a little more. After awhile, I get
> know each horse's appetite and I'm fairly certain they each are
> getting the
> amount they will eat in 12 hours. So, it's essentially
> but not really what you'd call "free choice".
> Linda Van Ceylon
> phone: 970-491-1428
> fax: 970-491-2838