Courtesy of Yvette Seger, Horse Management Guru
Feed rooms and feeding equipment always seem to be an area of confusion for competitors and judges alike.
The biggest thing that we see with feed rooms is that they tend to get messy very quickly…I guess it’s all that hay! Hay should be labeled with Rider Name/Number (make a duct tape tag for the twine) and tied up when not being used. Grain should be stored in a container that cannot be accessed by horses. If you are in a stall in the barn, this means you will need to put a chain or a heavy rubber bungee over the lid. A trailer is considered a secure environment, so we do not require extra security over the lid…AS LONG AS THE TRAILER IS ALWAYS SHUT! 🙂 Feed charts should be readily visible and easy to follow. The idea behind the feed room is that ANYONE can feed the horses on your team without much thinking.
If you are bringing loose concentrate feeds to the rally, you will need to provide a grain measure (scoop, scale.) Make sure that weights are converted to volumes on the feed chart. You are now able to list the number of flakes fed on your feed chart, but it is also okay if you still weigh your hay (but you need a scale.)
Prepackaged grain meals are your best bet. Each bag (paper, not plastic, to prevent mold!) should be labeled with horse’s name, competitor number, and day/time meal is to be fed. You can add dry supplements to the grain in the package and list them as the bag contents. Supplement jars and bottles should be clearly labeled.
If you are in a trailer, be sure to have a sign identifying the feed trailer as your team’s. DO NOT Duct tape a sign to the trailer, as it will leave goo on the paint and your parents will not be happy. Try masking tape instead, or use zip ties to make a hanging sign.