cedarview farms":1pw6j4tt said:
I have seen that with some, but not all horse people are like that. Thank you very much. :tiphat:Bez+":y7uha08c said:Horse people are the worst for treating their animals better than their kids
cedarview farms":3oyoywki said:
Very Sound Advice!! :tiphat:msscamp":1r8xdo6c said:cedarview farms":1r8xdo6c said:
That is going to depend on the horse, what you are doing with him(if anything), whether he is an easy keeper or a hard keeper, what you are feeding him, where you are keeping him, whether he is coming into contact with other horses and their state of health, and how you are dealing with other health issues - such as deworming. If you watch a horse eat, they are grazers in that they take a mouthful, walk several steps, take another mouthful, etc. All of that walking limits how much they actually eat. Our horses received roughly 20 lbs of good quality grass hay/day. When we were on the ranch, and they are being worked hard(25-50 miles of riding/working cattle per day) on a daily/every other day basis, the grass hay was swapped out for alfalfa, and they also received 1-2 3 lb coffee cans of rolled oats on the days they were being worked. They were wormed twice a year, and the wormer was rotated to make sure that all worms were controlled. They rarely came into contact with any horses other than our own, and they were pastured on good grass the days they were not being worked. Hard keepers have a problem putting on weight by definition, and they will require a bit more hay/higher quality hay, maybe a little grain or soaked beet pulp even if they are not being worked, and will probably also require closer attention to worming. We never, ever fed sweet feed because it was cost prohibitive, and didn't do anymore than the rolled oats or wheat. We also never fed corn, because it is a 'hot' feed and tends to lead to problems if the horse is not being worked on a very regular basis.