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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Pellets and Automatic Feeders

Dr. Getty, I sometimes travel for work and when in town come home many days at odd hours which prevents me from feeding my two horses at consistent times. I have been researching automatic feeders. Today, I feed my animals alfalfa/grass hay flakes from bales twice a day. While researching automatic feeders, I noticed that most are made for pellets and grain. First questions is, do you recommend automatic feeders? And next, can I feed pellets through an automatic feeder and mix in hay flakes at will? My travel may only take me away for 2-3 days at the most. Both of my animals are over 1300lbs and I do live in a colder winter climate.



Where are you from? Salt Lake City

How did you locate this forum? Internet

Re: Pellets and Automatic Feeders

Hi Todd,

Automatic feeders are a good idea as long as they work. I have heard stories of them jamming, or allowing too much feed to be released.

You know, as long as you have a good quality hay available at all times, along with temperature controled water, being late a few hours for their pellet meal will not be a problem. Horses need to graze and nibble 24/7, so having access to pasture or hay throughout the day and night is the best thing for their digestive systems.

If you are going to be skipping meals at times (for their other feeds, supplements, etc.), then an automatic feeder will be worth investigating.

Thanks for writing!

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Getty