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View Poll Results: Is feeding horses hay directly off the ground harmful?
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post #31 of 35 Old 05-24-2008, 10:45 AM
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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?

my bad...it helps prevent tooth spurs when they eat in their natural way...from the ground...something to do with the way the jaw lines up and the way they grind their food

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post #32 of 35 Old 05-24-2008, 11:58 AM
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I also feed from the ground. This way is more natural for horses. Another thing is the fact that I've seen a horse who put his leg in the hay bag and had a bad injury.

To avoid sand colic I used a sand cleaner called Pectosyllium.
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post #33 of 35 Old 05-24-2008, 10:55 PM
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Interesting, I was just researching this yesterday. It sounds logical that you should feed horses so that they are in a natural position. I believe there is a supplement that you can give your horse if there is a concern for sand colic. In my research, I have read that they take in less air and that it aids in digestion. The only problem I have been having is feed loss, since he likes to kick the bucket around. I pay $14 per bale of Hi-Fiber Gold and these days it is like gold, it hurts when he disrespects it.

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post #34 of 35 Old 05-25-2008, 01:36 AM
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Interesting, I was just researching this yesterday. It sounds logical that you should feed horses so that they are in a natural position. I believe there is a supplement that you can give your horse if there is a concern for sand colic. In my research, I have read that they take in less air and that it aids in digestion. The only problem I have been having is feed loss, since he likes to kick the bucket around. I pay $14 per bale of Hi-Fiber Gold and these days it is like gold, it hurts when he disrespects it.
No kidding! I would love to feed my horses in the natural way off the ground if they would just respect how much it costs. I've put it in buckets, tanks, bags and wall feeders. What hits the ground is usually a total loss. If I'm in a hurry and just throw a nice green flake of hay on the ground the first thing they do is pee in it.


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post #35 of 35 Old 05-25-2008, 01:45 AM
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Isn't that the way! LOL I had to giggle, that was funny!

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