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post #11 of 16 Old 05-24-2010, 01:43 PM
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Sweet feed isn't going to rot your horses teeth anyway.
I was under the impression it did, because horses teeth aren't meant to digest/eat the amount of sugar found in molasses?
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Have you ever seen a horse with rotten teeth? I haven't seen one in 30 years so I doubt it's very common but I have seen alot of horses that have eaten sweet feed thier entire life. Like all herbivores they have very thick enamel because of the amount of dirt and grit in what they eat naturally. There also isn't probably more than one or two cups of molasses in a BAG of feed.

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I was under the impression it did, because horses teeth aren't meant to digest/eat the amount of sugar found in molasses?
Believe it or not, a lot of grasses and grains have sugar, it's just not sugar broken down. Grains are carbs, carbs are sugars..... It's like that Junior high experiment where you hold a cracker in your mouth...after a while it starts to taste sweet due to your saliva breaking it down in your mouth and turning the grains in the cracker to the digestible sugars.

So in reality, all horses, even wild horses eat sugars all the time. Just their teeth can handle it better than ours ha ha ha. They also drink a lot of water that washes it away...unlike us who drink juice, soda, kool aid and other sugar laden drinks lol.
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Another thing that hasn't been mentioned is that horse's teeth grow constantly through their lives until 25-27 years old, so they're constantly being ground down and replaced.

The reason their teeth need to be floated every so often is because they don't grow evenly.

There's no reason to brush your horse's teeth other than you wanting them to look 'pretty'. Which in the scheme of things, is rather silly.
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Another thing that hasn't been mentioned is that horse's teeth grow constantly through their lives until 25-27 years old, so they're constantly being ground down and replaced.

The reason their teeth need to be floated every so often is because they don't grow evenly.

There's no reason to brush your horse's teeth other than you wanting them to look 'pretty'. Which in the scheme of things, is rather silly.
Yes, I suppose it is. Lol :) I just obsess over my horses and their health.

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Yes, I suppose it is. Lol :) I just obsess over my horses and their health.
That's okay, just don't get too far south of sanity!
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