Overnight Rally Only. Competitors at rallies should be encouraged to set their feed rooms up as if someone else was going to feed their horses. How would that person know which hay was yours? Which meal to feed to your horse? How much grain they should eat? Feed charts and appropriate labeling make it very clear and simple.
Horses may be fed two ways at overnight rallies: prepackaged meals or from loose feed.
Prepackaged meals should be:
- Individually packaged in paper bags, breathable mesh bags, or breathable produce ziplock - style bags. (Never plain or freezer plastic ziplock-style bags.)
- Labeled to indicate horse's name and a.m. or p.m. feeding.
- If supplements are included: list the amount and type.
- Stored in metal or plastic containers with air holes, one container per horse, marked with horse's name.
- Containers need to be secured with chain or rope (not bungee cords) unless kept in a secured area behind a closed door.
- Prescription medication may not be included in pre-packaged meals.
- Please see HM Rule 14b through 14f, 2010 Hm Handbook and Rules for Rallies, for details.
Loose feed should be:
- Kept in a breathable bags.
- Include a feed measure. (Scale, scoop or can, appropriately labeled.)
- Stored in a metal or plastic container with air holes.
- Secured with chain or rope (not bungee cords) unless kept in a secured area behind a closed door.
Prescription Medication rules:USPC follows USEF rules regarding equine medications. Any mount requiring medications must have a prescription or vet letter from the prescribing veterinarian. Please see HM Rule 14b through 14f, 2010 HM Handbook and Rules for Rallies, for details on medication administration.
- Per team and/or mount
- Labeling: See individual items and note about feed labeling.
Feed Chart: Include horse's name, competitor's number, normal feeding times, feed types, and amounts (by weight and can add volume as well if you use a volume scoop to feed.) Remember to list any medications or neutraceuticals that a horse gets on the stall card as well as the feed chart. There is a sample Feed Chart in the HM Handbook and Rules for Rallies in Appendix H.
- Should be: Easy to read. Hung in the feed area.
- Good tip: Make one feed chart per mount.
Feed Measure: Only need be included if mount's feed is not pre-measured. (Loose Feed.)
- Should be: labeled
- Shouldn't be: glass
Appropriate secured grain storage: If a feed room is located in a spare barn stall then grain storage needs to have secondary security. Spare stall doors might be accidentally left open, and are exactly the right size to let a pony walk through.
From chart under HM 13e, 2010 HM Handbook and Rules for Rallies:
"If stored where a loose horse can get to it (feed stall or tack room), the feed must be in a second, sturdy, non-airtight container.
- The lid must be secured with rope, chain or snaps to prevent horses and other animals
from getting to it.”
Some examples of a second, sturdy, non-airtight container:
· Metal container with lid: small galvanized trash cans with handles make good grain storage containers. Secure with a rope or chain pulled tightly across the top of the container.
· Sturdy plastic container with lid: Plastic should have holes poked in it to encourage air circulation. Secure with a rope or chain pulled tightly across the top of the container.
If the changing areas of trailers and other spaces with narrower latching doors are used then grain may not need secondary security since the smaller door opening acts as a barrier. The CHMJ may use discretion and allow the competitors to dispense with a secondary feed container if they feel that the situation is appropriate."