In horse-chat basics we talked about getting into a routine for feeding at a certain time. It is also important to stay consistent with what you feed each horse. I like to hang this feeding chart in the grain room ....for an easy reference guide and quick memory refresher. It also is indispensable when you have someone else feeding for you.
feeding tip #1
Feed at the same time each day.
feeding tip #2
Feed little and often. This is the way horses eat in nature.
feeding tip #3
Feed no more than 2 pounds of concentrates at a time. Divide the ration into 2 or 3 feedings a day.
feeding tip #4
Feed concentrates before hay or roughage.
feeding tip #5
Keep a salt block available for the horse. Salt or mineral blocks help balance deficiencies in the feed and increase horses desire to drink water.
feeding tip #6
Allow 2 hours after eating for digestion before exercise and never feed immediately after work. An hour recovery is minimum.
feeding tip #7
Introduce new feeds to a horse gradually over at least a week. Never make a sudden change in a horses diet.
feeding tip #8
Do not leave uneaten feed in the feeder or stall. If the horse is not finishing his food he is being overfed or is ill.
feeding tip #9
Always have a fresh supply of water available. Horses that dunk their hay are SMART. It keeps them from ingesting a lot of dust and makes the hay more pallatable. But make sure to clean out their water containers every day.
feeding tip #10
Have teeth checked regularly and worm horses regularly.
feeding tip #11
Succulents such as apples and carrots are a great addition to the diet or as a snack.
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