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post #1 of 21 Old 03-09-2011, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Eating off the ground or in the air?? Better ?? Or??

My uncle who has had horses back in the day for awhile but has been without one for a long long time, recently got 2 horses. He told me today that he feeds his from a bucket on the ground because its better on their necks to let them stretch their neck and something about their neck stretching or growing.

Is any better over the other or will either be fine?
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post #2 of 21 Old 03-09-2011, 09:30 PM
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I believe that unless the horse has a physical problem that prevents him from being able to eat off the ground, it is healthier for most horses to eat off the ground. Horses were designed to stretch their necks down and graze throughout the day.
It doens't have anything to do with their necks growing, but I bet it does make a difference for stretching out the proper muscles.


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I've heard that eating off the ground helps prevent them from choking.

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I've heard that eating off the ground helps prevent them from choking.
yeah he mentioned that too
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I've heard that eating off the ground helps prevent them from choking.
Actually, it is mainly for their respiration as it reduces the amount of dust settling into their lungs.

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Your Uncle is correct :) Just as everyone else has stated here, that it is healther for them to eat off of the ground.

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I actually adopted a horse who was always fed pellets, supplements, grains, etc at chest height. She was 6 years old. She came here and had no idea how to eat hay :( She was pulled from the track because she was found to have a narrowing of her trachea that didn't allow enough air flow to be a racer. She certainly did wind easily when she arrived. After several months of eating at ground level, I noticed that she was able to maintain a trot much longer than when she first arrived before getting winded. She continued to improve even after that. I sincerely believe that changing her eating position contributed to better airflow for her.

I should have documented it when she first arrived, but it never occurred to me that her breathing would improve. Guelph had diagnosed her and it was assumed it was a genetic result. Perhaps not...
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post #8 of 21 Old 03-25-2011, 05:51 AM
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^^ Perhaps she coulda/woulda been a better racehorse! Ah well, better for you, huh!?

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Eating with the head down allow mucus to drain.
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-25-2011, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, it is mainly for their respiration as it reduces the amount of dust settling into their lungs.
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