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  • Are soybeans bad for horses
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    07-25-2012, 08:04 AM
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Last night 3 of my horses got out of the pasture and the gelding got into some soybeans, the mare might have gotten into some treats and hoof supplement and there were apple trees by that they could have eaten from (although I don't think they did).

What do I do now? Are soybeans bad for a horse? And can I prevent colic?
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    07-25-2012, 08:23 AM
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I have heard raw soybeans are not very good for Horses.

Of course too much of anything is not good for the digestive system, Horse like anyone can have problems with over-indulgence from too much of an item they normally do not consume.

Corn oil and Mineral oil can help relieve Colic

Depending on the amounts of soybeans, apples and treats eaten during the night will dictate how severe a problem your Horse will have, if in doubt call a vet for advice.

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    07-25-2012, 08:28 AM
The only real problem with Soy beans is the very large amount of estrogen - which is why my horses don't get any soy based feed.
Got to agree with everything Southern Trails said.
    07-25-2012, 08:29 AM
Is there anything I can do for him?
    07-25-2012, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by eeo11horse    
Is there anything I can do for him?
Not being a vet, I hate to say with any certainty, but if I could not get a vet on the phone, I would take some some sweet feed maybe a couple of lbs. And add 2-3 cups of Corn oil or Mineral oil (mineral oil is the best) and mix it up and see if he will eat it.

But this would be my idea for temporary assistance till you can get a hold of a vet on the phone.

    07-25-2012, 01:11 PM
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Best advice is to call up your vet. They'll be able to tell you if you're likely to encounter any issues from what and how much they ate, tell you what signs to watch for, and as a bonus they will be alerted to the fact that they may need to do an emergency visit to your farm.
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    07-25-2012, 02:26 PM
Personally I wouldn't feed any sweet feed if they already ate treats, supplements, etc. Most probably they already got too much. I'd call the vet, explain the situation in as many details as possible (including how much was eaten), and see what the vet has to say.
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    07-26-2012, 10:09 AM
I called my vet and she said to watch them closely but he was probably fine because he just ate the leaves- not much of the actual beans. Thank you all for the advice!
    07-26-2012, 10:17 AM
I would definitely not feed and sweet feed/grain into horses that raided the cookie jars I would watch, check feet for heat, keep off grain/treats for few days and cross my fingers (after calling my vet). Sounds like all is good!
    07-26-2012, 08:17 PM
Soak beet pulp in water and 2 or 3 cups of mineral oil (per horse)... feed them that for a couple of days and just watch them......

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