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    03-14-2011, 04:42 PM
  #1
Yearling
Does a horse care if feed is soggy?

Does a horse CARE if its feed is soggy? Like if there was water in their feed bucket and food was put in there. Does a horse care at ALL?!
     
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    03-14-2011, 04:48 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Quite a few elderly horses are fed soaked feed as they no longer have the teeth needed to eat it otherwise. 30yr old pony at the barn where I board, whose food is basically soup.

I suppose there are some horses that would be miffed if you got their food wet, my pigs would inhale it no matter what and I've known horses to haul their hay over, dump it in their water bucket and then eat it.
     
    03-14-2011, 04:55 PM
  #3
Yearling
Thats what I thought! Thank you!
     
    03-14-2011, 05:27 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
Quite a few elderly horses are fed soaked feed as they no longer have the teeth needed to eat it otherwise. 30yr old pony at the barn where I board, whose food is basically soup.

I suppose there are some horses that would be miffed if you got their food wet, my pigs would inhale it no matter what and I've known horses to haul their hay over, dump it in their water bucket and then eat it.

That's exactly what Hunter does and makes a huge mess in the process
     
    03-14-2011, 05:37 PM
  #5
Showing
All that is true but just as people have preferences to the way their food is prepared, so do horses. My pony loves her hay wet but my mare would just as soon go hungry.
     
    03-14-2011, 07:15 PM
  #6
Started
All the horses I've had to date have loved their food as messy as possible grain wise, but I have had a few friends whose horses have a conniption fit if their food is not made just so the same way and same time every day, and if it is too mushy, won't eat it. Most that I've personally met though, don't care, or actually prefer it to be wet and messy.
     
    03-14-2011, 07:27 PM
  #7
Trained
Tess LOVES soggy feed! She likes slurping it It is like soup and she loves it
     
    03-15-2011, 11:01 PM
  #8
Weanling
My horse has choked twice in the past from eating dry grain. I soak his everyday with hot water and he loves it that way! And he is only 7, so he doesn't choke because he is old lol. As long as I don't make it soupy, he eats it fine. I think he really enjoys the hot mash it makes in the winter :)
     
    03-15-2011, 11:04 PM
  #9
Trained
I'm trying to imagine my horses refusing food...

Nope! Can't do it!
     
    03-15-2011, 11:06 PM
  #10
Trained
I wet my feed down no matter what I'm feeding. Even if it's just a sprinkle of water over it to settle any dust.
I feed Speedibeet and ricebran as a base feed in my hard feeds, so they need to be soaked anyway, and then I mix that with his chaff and other concentrates/supplements and put water over it again if the chaff is not wet through.
     

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