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        05-15-2010, 07:36 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I have NEVER heard anyone recommend feeding horses eggs... EVER. We are the only mammals on Earth that continue to drink milk products past "weaning" time, so that argument doesn't cut it.

    Horses are herbivores. The only type of animal it's "fine" to feed eggs is one that is an homnivore, or a carnivore. Herbivores eat plant matter, plain and simple. Biology 101.

    There are plenty of crazy old-timer stories and "recommendations" out there. So I'm not too surprised to hear such non-sense. Tabacco used to be fed in large amounts to get rid of internal parasites. Other old wives tales include women not working around studs during menstration (total BS), white hooves aren't as strong as dark hooves, witholding water to a hot horse, chestnut mares are ill tempered, etc.

    There are a few highly concentrated ration balancing feeds out there that use "egg product" in their formulas, but they use a process to exctract only the targeted amino acids from the eggs and put that in the feed. I still think it's hinky, but it's nothing close to feeding a horse any part of a raw egg...
         
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        05-15-2010, 07:39 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Also, why would you feed your horse something "once in a while"? Studies have shown that horses need a stable diet for optimum health. Throwing something in their feed occassionally really doesn't do any good. It's fine if it's a treat or for variety, but it's not going to imrpove any part of your horse or add to your horse's long term health. Hooves grow very slowly. You have to feed a hoof supplement for 9-12 months to get a whole new foot to grow out.
         
        05-15-2010, 10:37 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Maybe it's a cultural thing, because nearly every person I've met does with great results.

    And it's not a 'once in a while' thing, just a not too often thing. Somewhere between 3-7 times a week.
         
        05-15-2010, 10:47 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I'm not going to make a big deal about it, but for someone asking about a hoof supplements it's something that is commonly used, and there are many, many people that do.
         
        05-15-2010, 10:48 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Sure, I guess it could be cultural... They hang pony hides on living room walls in Iceland... And eat horsemeat in France. Anything is possible.
         
        05-18-2010, 08:49 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Nu-foot is the best hoof supplement I've ever used. I grows hooves like crazy. I had ordered it through my vet but some supply places have it. It's made by Farrier Science Clinic.
         

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