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Horse Articles :: Conditioning and Feeding Horses
Conditioning and Feeding Horses
Horses confined in stables are being kept under artificial
conditions, and in consequence skill is required to maintain
them in good health. Living under natural conditions the horse
eats grass; he eats for a very considerable number of hours
each day and during the night; he feeds in small quantities
at frequent intervals, and he drinks whenever he feels inclined.
He has a very small stomach for his size. These facts should
be borne in mind when horses are in the stable, and the less
the natural conditions are disturbed the better.
Horses intended for hunting during the season should be brought
in from grass during July or, at the latest, August. During
July the grass begins to lack the nutritive qualities which
it had in May and June, and the horse will come up in less
soft condition if he has been given a feed of 5 lb. oats daily
the last few weeks at grass. This extra condition is due partly
to the hard food and partly to the fact that the oats give
the horse more energy and that he therefore takes more exercise
on his own.
Great care must be taken when the horse is brought in that
he does not take cold and start coughing. During the first
week in the stable he should not be made to sweat, and the
door of the stable should be kept open night and day to give
all possible air. Nothing is more likely to start a cough
than a stuffy stable.
During the first week in the stable the horse should be given
damp bran and hay with little or no oats. The change from
grass to dry food is likely to cause indigestion and diarrhea.
If at the end of the first week the diarrhea persists, the
horse should be given bran mashes for twenty-four hours, and
then physicked with an aloes ball or 1 1/2 pints of linseed
oil. If the horse comes up from grass in poor condition, worms
should be suspected, and he should be treated accordingly.
When the horse has got well over the physic the oat ration
may be raised gradually as the exercise is increased. Plenty
of walking exercise is essential at this time, and the owner
need have no fear of giving too much of it. The horse when
out at grass takes slow exercise during the larger part of
the twenty-four hours in a day, and is better for plenty of
slow exercise when stabled. He probably enjoys it as confinement
The longer that slow work is continued the better for the
horse. Fast exercise when in gross condition is liable to
affect a horse's wind, damage his legs and work irreparable
As the horse becomes fit slow trotting exercise should be
given and steady trots uphill are excellent for muscling up
the quarters. With this exercise about 8-10 lb. of oats a
day should be sufficient with 2 lb. of damp bran added and
about 14 lb. of hay. The corn should be given in three feeds,
a little of the hay given after exercise and the bulk of the
hay last thing at night.
If this treatment has been followed your horse should be in
first-rate condition when he is called upon for fast work
at the end of the cubbing season. He will require about 14
lb. of oats, 2 lb. bran and 12 lb. of hay daily. The quantity
of corn should be varied with the work that is being expected
from him, his size and his appetite. The food should be given
in at least three feeds a day and may with great advantage
be divided into four meals.
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