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Concerns for feeding a RB *once* a day?

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  • Concerns for feeding a RB *once* a day?

    To start off, I know that feeding a horse only one or two meals a day is not ideal for how their stomach and intestines digest.

    That being said... would you be overly concerned with feeding your horse its full recommended dosage of a ration balancer (and flax, likely) all in one shot?

    Horse in question is a 3-y-o WB who currently gets her RB split in two (AM & PM). Probably towards the end of May/beginning of June, she's going to go from being in a stall at night to being out 24/7, which I very much like. However, I would like to keep her on a RB to ensure she's still having her nutrients met. The barn brings all of their horses in once a day to grain them.

    I know it's not a huge amount of feed, physically, but it's jam packed with nutrients. Just looking for opinions on the matter.

    TIA

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    The concern with one meal a day is related to too much volume at one feeding and/or long periods on an empty stomach. A horse on 24/7 pasture and a ration balancer 1zday most likely doesn't have any of those concerns so I wouldn't worry unless you are feeding over 7-8lbs of ration balancer... but I'm pretty sure you are not (if you are, that's another topic )
    Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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    • #3
      I agree with DMK, shouldnt be a problem if the horse is on grass or has hay available throughout the day, and is not getting an excessive amount of ration balancer in that 1 feeding (which obviously is unlikely with that kind of feed...)

      I give 1 lb of RB in one feeding when horse is at grass, never had problems.

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      • #4
        LOL, yeah, what DMK said

        You could even feed a 5lb meal once a day and be fine.
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          Thanks for the reassurance. I figured I was just being a paranoid horse mom.

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            Originally posted by over the moon View Post
            Thanks for the reassurance. I figured I was just being a paranoid horse mom.
            Better to be paranoid than careless. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway .
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            • #7
              I agree, better to be paranoid than cause problems, but always good to ask just in case the paranoia is unwarranted and causes extra work LOL
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              • #8
                Our two fatty fats are on RB with their flax, magnesium, etc in the am. They do get hay 2-3 times a day when needed but no issue with the RB. 1.5 lbs of RB, so not much at all.

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                  Originally posted by JB View Post
                  I agree, better to be paranoid than cause problems, but always good to ask just in case the paranoia is unwarranted and causes extra work LOL
                  With my own animals, I usually add some extra irrational paranoia just in case.
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                    LOL, me too Gato, me too!
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                    • #11
                      Most of mine get their RB once a day, it's such a small amount of concentrate I don't see the point of splitting it up. If they get more than a couple of pounds of "grain" I split, otherwise not.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GatoGordo View Post
                        With my own animals, I usually add some extra irrational paranoia just in case.
                        Do you grind that or just feed it whole? Soaked or dry?
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                          Originally posted by JoZ View Post
                          Do you grind that or just feed it whole? Soaked or dry?
                          whatever is the most wrong to the most people
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JoZ View Post
                            Do you grind that or just feed it whole? Soaked or dry?
                            I make sure mine has the appropriate amount of soy and omega 9's, and I like to make sure I am wearing a shoe on my left foot, but barefoot on my right when I dish out my irrational paranoia. Then for good measure, I ask everyone if I am doing the right thing and get REALLY pissed when they have an opinion.
                            Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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