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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: How long to wait to ride after horse eats

Hi Kathy,

Grazing before riding is best and I'm glad you're able to do that. If the stomach were empty, the acid would slosh around and bathe the unprotected squamous region (upper portion) of the stomach, leading to an ulcer. An excellent illustration and discussion of this can be found in Chapter 14 -- Digestive Problems on my book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse.

While on the trail, it is ideal to stop every hour to an hour and a half, to allow your horse to nibble on grass. Fifteen minutes of grazing is a good goal.

I realize that this is not always feasible in many situations, but the closer you can get to the ideal, the better off your horse will be and digestive issues will be less likely to occur.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

How long can a horse go between meals ie. on a ride or in turn-out? (24/7 pasture or hay not available where I board.) They have hay available all night and most of the morning, until turn-out. I come out at 3ish in the afternoon and they graze for about an hour before I ride.
There is lots of grass on the trails, how much would be helpful to let them eat during a ride longer than an hour?

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO