Here’s a problem I’ve been struggling with on and off for quite a while now.
The barn feeds hay at 4pm, then grains at 5pm. If everything is going right for me, I get to the barn right around 5pm. Some days right before they get grain; some days after.
It’s the days after that concern me. If I get there and he’s in the midst of his grain – he gets just under 2lb per feeding now – my rule of thumb is to wait a solid hour. And then I still worry. A lot. Definitely way more than I should.
Typically, if I’m riding earlier in the afternoon, the rule is to hold grain until he has completely cooled out. I’m not just talking returning to a resting heart rate – I’m talking dry & cool.
I have no problem with him eating forage while sweaty/hot, or pulling him off a pile of hay to ride. (The only exception is if he’s genuinely so hot I want him to keep walking to cool, and I try not to work him that hard anyway. See above re: worry.)
Does anyone else have this timing problem? I believe science has officially said that I can grain my horse whenever I want in relation to riding, but I can’t get ride of the nagging worry. Too much Pony Club, maybe.
What do you do?