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    04-17-2009, 10:18 PM
When my gang got theirs done last weekend I just soaked a few extra alfalfa pellets for them and served them warmer then normal ...
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    04-17-2009, 10:36 PM
Thats a good idea! We also just thought of giving him warm sweet feed with carrots or something b/c he gets sweet feed in the summer with his electrolytes so he is used to it! Were just tossin around ideas for the heck of it right now, but ill take some more from you guys too! Thanks everyone!
    04-18-2009, 12:05 AM
Bran mash is actually really not good for horses. If you want to feed him something mushy, a bit of beet pulp is a better treat. If your horse is getting his teeth done chances are he is going to be sedated for it (I dearly hope at least) and then he really is not going to feel like eating for at least an hour after. After he gets his teeth floated the best thing you can do for him is keep him out of the elements and away from other horses until he perks up, so in a stall or outdoor pen alone in a shed. Plus their mouth really shouldn't be too sore after, at least not enough to deter eating, I just wouldn't put a bit in his mouth for 18-24 hours after.
As far as for horse's diets I recommend feeding mainly forage and a balanced vitamin/mineral supplement. If the horse is in work, or having trouble keeping weight is the only time I would start to feed concentrated feeds, and even then you want to keep the fat content high and the starch content low. The best thing to feed is beet pulp, rice bran or a soybean hull based product. Bran mash has a high starch content along with most to all grain based, wheat based and corn based products.
    04-18-2009, 12:09 AM
I agree with anebel.
    04-19-2009, 05:55 AM
My horses love love love rice bran. In the winter I feed it to my guys on the really cold nights. Cocoa gets it twice a day, every day, with her feed. She has next to no teeth and is a hard keeper. The rice bran, along with Senior feed and alfalpha cubes all soaked in warm water keeps her fat and happy.

I don't recommend changing his diet because of teeth floating though. Maybe shred up some carrots or something like that.
    04-19-2009, 11:22 AM
Ok so me and my mom were talking to my aunt and she came up with a really good and healthy recipe! So here it is: chop two apples up and one carrot and put them in a bowl. Then microwave it until it gets mushy. Then mash it up into an apple sauce type thing and put it in a bag. Put it in the fridge until use. When you go to feed it add a little bit up warm water, mix it together, and give it to them! I hope it works and I am going to try it! I don't want to risk this bran mash thing...THANKS AGAIN!!!
    04-19-2009, 01:07 PM
The apples and carrots are LOADED with sugar but if it is a treat type thing and not done all the time you should be fine LOL
    04-19-2009, 01:44 PM
Yeah he gets carrots for treats a lot, but I have NEVER made this thing for him before so it should be its natures sugar and I think the apples and carrots may have been organic if that has to do with anything or makes a difference

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