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View Poll Results: Is feeding horses hay directly off the ground harmful?
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post #21 of 35 Old 05-21-2008, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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I've tried hollowing out apples and carrots.. she's too smart and then refuses to eat carrots or apples for the next week!

I have given it to her:
- dry
- wet (with water)
- mixed with bran
- mixed with bran and molassses and water
- as above only with chopped carrots mixed in

She refuses to eat it! I end up giving it all to her greedy paddock mate who gobbles it down in 2 seconds flat!

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post #22 of 35 Old 05-21-2008, 08:44 AM
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I don't know what brand psyllium you are feeding, but try the sand clear, it comes a couple different ways, I get it pelleted and you only have to feed it 7 days in a row, once per month, it's not that expensive and it really has made a difference for me. Clay soild, yeah, sand could definitely be your issue, take some poop and do the water test.
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post #23 of 35 Old 05-21-2008, 09:10 AM
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and if for some reason you can't get the pellets, you can always put it in a needle-less syringe with water and give it to her like you would a wormer :)

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post #24 of 35 Old 05-21-2008, 09:11 AM
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Mine get their feed out of a feed-bucket and their hay off the ground. But I have had a couple of horses that would kick their buckets over and eat their feed off the ground too.

I've done it that way for years and aint had one colic yet.

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post #25 of 35 Old 05-21-2008, 09:43 AM
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I do the psyllium thing once a month for 7 days. My TB wouldn't touch his pellet feed with the stuff on it so I mix it with about 2-3 tablespoons of plain yogurt and add that to his feed and he eats every pellet.
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post #26 of 35 Old 05-23-2008, 05:12 PM
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when I went to Martha Josey ranch, they had a vet come out and talk to us about a horse's teeth..one of the things she pointed out was that the way a horsesmouth is built..when they are eating off the ground it helps prvenet "tooth spurs" because of the natural grinding motion a horse makes when it chews....she said that the more you feed a horse off the ground, the more often you have to have their teeth foated to keep them even...has anyone else heard this?
She suggested that feeding in a large bucket on the ground was more natural and better for the horse.

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post #27 of 35 Old 05-23-2008, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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when I went to Martha Josey ranch, they had a vet come out and talk to us about a horse's teeth..one of the things she pointed out was that the way a horsesmouth is built..when they are eating off the ground it helps prvenet "tooth spurs" because of the natural grinding motion a horse makes when it chews....she said that the more you feed a horse off the ground, the more often you have to have their teeth foated to keep them even...has anyone else heard this?
She suggested that feeding in a large bucket on the ground was more natural and better for the horse.
Sorry, I didn't quite get what you're saying. Does feeding off the ground prevent tooth spurs, or does it mean you have to float their teeth more often?

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post #28 of 35 Old 05-23-2008, 11:06 PM
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we've had horses for as long as I can remember. In germany, we always fed them hay from the ground. And here in Australia, we do too. In fact, everyone we know does. No one has ever complained of sand colic or anything of the sort.
Plus if that's what your horse does and has always been doing, and she hasnt had anything then its probably okay...
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post #29 of 35 Old 05-23-2008, 11:46 PM
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We have always kept it simple with our mares. Grass, hay on the ground, a cup of grain a day, and an occasional apple. The have never had colic or needed any dental work.
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post #30 of 35 Old 05-24-2008, 12:23 AM
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I depends on the actual paddock. If you put the hay on grass, it will be fine. However if the ground has little/no grass and is very dusty, its best to put the hay in a feeder of some sort. Better to be safe then sorry. They will always chuck some on the ground, but that's better then the whole lot being in the dirt.
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