Feeding Horses while Camping in the Wilderness
Navigating and camping in the wilderness can create challenges to feed your horse. Here are some tips.
When driving in the wilderness, you should consider:
- Federal and local regulations for straw picking and feeding to public areas;
- How much food your horse will need;
- Your horse will suffer extreme stress during travel and effort;
- Your horse’s salt, electrolyte and water needs;and
- Adapting to a different feeding schedule while away from home.
Protection of Public Areas from Harmful Weeds
Our public areas are threatened by unnatural plant species brought by various means such as wildlife, clothing, vehicles and livestock. Such plants find an environment that typically does not have natural pathways to control and as a result thousands of acres can be affected. Therefore, state and federal public land management institutions spend a lot of time and money trying to destroy or physically remove these harmful weeds in various ways, such as chemical herbicides. It is not surprising that some organizations need horseback riding and camping in public areas to pack and use certified grassless feed as a means of reducing the introduction of weed seeds.
If you plan to camp on public land with your horse, find out in advance whether restrictions apply to that area. On arrival, you don’t want to know that the broadcast you brought with you is not allowed. Note: Under the US Wildlife Act of 1964, lands designated as “wild areas gerektir automatically require free feeding of grasses.
If some or all of the areas you visit require weed feed, you will need to do some homework. Ideally, you’ll find a de-grassed version of the feed you feed your horse so you don’t have to make a major dietary change. You can also find certified grass-free straw. Try searching online for ot certified hayless straw ve and searching for the name of your state or state.
Some state or county agricultural commissions maintain a list of hay from which weeds are free. This means that straw does not contain any of the harmful weeds specified by this state or county. Farmers need to collect straw from a controlled area within a specified time post-control to ensure that no weeds are grown. Keep in mind that certified straw in one area may not enter the soil in another, because different areas think different weeds are harmful. Certified weedless bales (tight baled straw for transport) are available; this can be useful as it takes up less space on a long journey. But don’t be fooled by their small size: they are the same weight as a full-size bale!
If you can’t find hay bales, then straw pellets are an option. In fact, pellets are required in some areas. The grass-free pellets must be processed at a sufficiently high temperature and milled to a fine particle size such that no weed seed will survive and germinate. Therefore, cubes are typically not acceptable – they are not treated at a sufficiently high temperature and the particles are not brought to a sufficiently good size. Try to find a pelleted version of the hay type your horse normally takes (eg, Timothy pellets if you feed Timothy straw) to reduce dietary changes and horses’ effects on the digestive tract.
Regardless of whether the lumps are the same type of straw. Gently place the straw or straw pellet up to 10 days before your trip.