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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Regular Feeding Schedule

Hello. I was wondering if I could get a definition of what a 'regular feeding schedule' for horses is. I feed my 16 year old mare between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. and again at night between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. depending on what time morning feeding is. She gets pasture time nearly every day as well. She is blind and must be stalled the rest of the time as she will walk off her weight and has a hard time finding the water bucket in the pasture.

Thank you.


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Re: Regular Feeding Schedule

Hi Julie,

Consistency is the key, and you are doing that. If you could feed within an hour, rather than within 2 ½ hours each day, that would be ideal since she probably starts waiting at the beginning of that time period. So, if you can narrow it down a bit, it would make her more content.

And, in between feeding times, if she is not grazing on pasture and in the stall, offer her hay to keep her digestive system healthy. Horses really need to be able to eat forage throughout the day to avoid digestive problems such as ulcers and colic.

All the best,

Dr. Getty