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Free choice hay at shows
Reg. Jan 2016
Posted 2020-02-13 11:08 AM
Subject: Free choice hay at shows


Posts: 26

Interested in opinions on feeding free choice hay at shows. I keep  hay bags full for my horses at trailer while at shows, before and after they run. I hope that cuts down chances of ulcers and does not impede performance. 

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Reg. Feb 2016
Posted 2020-02-13 11:12 AM
Subject: RE: Free choice hay at shows

Extreme Veteran

Posts: 459

I always let mine munch on hay while at shows, hauling, in their stalls. Basically if they're not on pasture they've got hay. I feel like it keeps their bellies happy :)

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Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2020-02-13 11:14 AM
Subject: RE: Free choice hay at shows

Elite Veteran

Posts: 1035
Location: Illinois

Mine have Hay Chix nets at all times while at shows, but I do pull when I'm saddling to make my run. I don't saddle in advance, I saddle when I need to get on. Otherwise the only time while traveling they don't have it is in the trailer on the road 

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Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2020-02-13 11:38 AM
Subject: RE: Free choice hay at shows


Posts: 4672

Absolutely! At home they have free access to grass hay 24/7 so on the road nothing changes. 

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Go Lucky Dun
Reg. Jan 2019
Posted 2020-02-13 12:29 PM
Subject: RE: Free choice hay at shows


Posts: 77
Location: Kentucky

First thing I do when I unload, is hang their hay bag.  Then go get water.  Traveling and competing is stressful. I want to keep ulcers away. I want them to be happy!

 I feel so bad that I see horses standing at their trailers all day with nothing.  You can sure bet their owners have lunch and supper while they are there!

Horses are made to pretty much have constant input of forage. Its trouble when they don't for extended periods of time.

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Delta Cowgirl
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2020-02-14 5:40 PM
Subject: RE: Free choice hay at shows

The Vaccinator

Posts: 3595
Location: Slipping down the slope of old age. Boo hoo.

24/7 hay access away from home

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