How long after feeding do you ride?

I still see this question come up on equine bulletin boards . . . and I still ride my horse after he’s/she’s eaten. Now, I don’t get on my horse 5 minutes after he’s taken his last mouthful and head off at a gallop! But still, I’ve never had a problem with it. In fact, it’s probably better for a horse to have something in it’s stomach to buffer gastric acid.


Okay, I admit it. I don’t wait to ride my horse after I feed him. I figure that after I’ve groomed him, tacked him up and walked him for 10 minutes or so (part of my regular warm up routine), he’ll be fine. And I’ve never had a problem. In fact, with my ulcer-prone TB I never ride him on an empty stomach. If I come in between meals I always give him at least some hay before I work him.

Now, I didn’t always feel this way. There were times when I’d show up at the barn, find out the horses had been fed early and turned around and driven home because I didn’t have time to wait for the hour that I thought was necessary. I know some people who even wait two hours after feeding so that their horses can digest their meals.

The big concern voiced…

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