This is a separate room that will house feeding equipment, feed supplies, supplements and feeding charts for the stable yard.
The feed room needs to be close to the stables to allow for the feeds to be easily delivered to the horses as well as being positioned in a suitable location for receiving feed deliveries from feed suppliers.
The feed room should have enough space to comfortably stack feed bags, feed bins, feed buckets, supplements and feed equipment. The size of the doorway should be wide enough to allow feeds to be easily taken in and out of the feed room.
The floor needs to be flat and easy to clean so that feeds can be stacked up onto pallets in order to help prevent vermin from taking an interest and allow the feed sacks to be safely stacked up of the ground.
There should be access to water within the feed room, this will allow feeds such as sugar beet to be successfully prepared.
- Feed Scales
In order to adequately supply your horse with the correct amount of feed your horses feed should be measured out using weighing scales.
- Feed Scoop
In order to easily move feed from the feed bins to the weighing scales a scoop can be used.
- Feed Storage Bins
Feed bins are a secure means of holding feed once a feed sack has been opened. The bin itself should securely lock shut and be air and water tight. Being able to clearly label the feed bin can be advantageous especially if several different people are doing feeds on different days.
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- Feeding Utensil
You will need a mixing utensil such as a spoon to stir all your horses different types of feed together. Separate spoons for different supplements is advised as it will prevent you from contaminating the different supplements that you may have.
All feed sacks must be stored off the ground in order to help prevent vermin from ruining feed sacks by gnawing through. Because they are off the ground the feed sacks will also have some safety away from any water that may be on the ground.
- Feeding Chart
A feed chart will clearly display exactly what each horse is being fed. The feed chart should display the name of the horse, the type and quantity of feed that is being given, the frequency of the feed and of any supplements, succulents or medicines that are added.
- Feed Buckets
All feed buckets should be cleaned and stored away after use. Having the horses names on each of the feed buckets is a good way of preventing the feeds from being mixed up and given to the wrong horse.
- Brush And Skip
The feed room will need to be swept out daily in order to maintain high standards of cleanliness.
The feed room should be well lit so that care can be taken no matter what time of day you feed.
The feed room must be able to be locked to prevent horses from entering and helping themselves.