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    07-21-2011, 11:49 AM
I too chop all veggies & fruits that my horses get....mine love their carrot sticks!
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    07-21-2011, 11:53 AM
Originally Posted by Beauseant    

So, I've decided to be preemptive...
You can be 'preemptive' about everything. But think about it -

A horse can choke on a blade of grass. It's just one of those things.

I will be one of those that says we've been doing it for 20 years and never had an issue. We clean up under the apple tree and toss them in the paddocks after evening chores for about a week. Large carrots are less expensive than the baby carrots so I prefer to buy them. I do break them in half or third depending on the size of the carrot.

Two key elements to choke prevention - proper dental care and enough food. Horses that cannot properly chew or that are overly hungry are more likely to choke.

No matter what precautions we humans take - horses are born looking to die. I've known horses that you could put in a round rubber padded room and they would still find a way to hurt themselves.
    07-21-2011, 11:56 AM
Originally Posted by nyg052003    
Why does a horse always look mean lol? I have always noticed they seem to look mean most of the time. I guess its just those big dark eyes and such. I noticed since had him a few days now, when I get the feed bucket, he knows what time it is. He comes to the gate, follows me to th entrance, and is like impatient lol. Are all horses like that? I am firm with him and will work with him on not doing that , trying to get him to be patient and wait. I mean he isnt forceful and trying to run me over or anything but I guess he wants it really bad lol. Just wondering what you guys do , if its something you can break and easiest way to go about it.
I started making my mare stand or back or both before getting her feed dish, now when I come in with it her eyes light up but she will back up on a voice command, or if she doesn't I'll make her then give her the dish. Most horses when they hear the bag, or the scoop in the bin or any grain having made a noise will be on the look out for theirs. It's not a big deal as long as they don't get snippy when it's time for them to get it. I don't know any horse that won't wait at the gate or wherever they are fed when hearing grain, it's completely normal.

I have a 3 pint scooper I bought from TSC and the guy I got her from says he gives him that full , twice a day. I let him graze from time I get home about 4pm to about 8pm then put him back in stable yard and feed him grain and hay. Hay stays in his tray all day. When I get the electric fence up, he will graze all day till before nite then go back in stable yard. I feed him in the mornings before I leave home at bout 7am also to point out. So is the 3 pint scooper , twice a day enough or is it more of a personal preference?
Well that totally depends on what is in the scoop. What are you feeding? What kind of work does the horse get? Are they holding their weight, overweight or underweight?

He turned over the feed bucket this morning, not sure if he accidently did or not. My back was turned and I did go back over there and stood back upright and he preceded to eat out of it.
My mare paws when she eats and sometimes will tip her dish over. It's really obnoxious but it's her feed time so I'm not going to try to tell her how to eat LOL. It's not a big deal...just annoying.
    07-21-2011, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
If he's not invading your space or being pushy, there's nothing wrong with a horse eagerly waiting for it's food. Mine would follow me to the ends of the earth if I had a full food dish, he'd maintain an appropriate space, wouldn't try to snatch the dish or anything but he'd definitely be focused solely on the food.

I feed whole carrots, it's nothing like a branch shredder, carrots are long, you hold one end, the horse take bites out of the other, when you get down to a small piece, just hand it over.

As far as apples, there's a gelding in the barn who neatly and carefully watching for fingers takes a bite out of a whole apple. I start with him and then since there's a piece missing, it's easy for the other horses to take bites and not get my fingers.
    07-21-2011, 12:13 PM
Originally Posted by mls    

I will be one of those that says we've been doing it for 20 years and never had an issue. We clean up under the apple tree and toss them in the paddocks after evening chores for about a week. .
As I said, doesn't make it smart, safe, logical or reccomended....not to someone who has seen 3 horses choke due to trying to eat a whole apple. I've seen it, you haven't.....therefore I decide not to risk it, as the liklihood of choking on the blade of grass you mentioned is far far less than eating chunks out of a whole apple.

Y'know, statistically speaking, one is less likely than the other.

    07-21-2011, 12:25 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    

As far as apples, there's a gelding in the barn who neatly and carefully watching for fingers takes a bite out of a whole apple..

OMG, that is too funny!!
    07-21-2011, 12:52 PM
Green Broke
Here's a question. Why feed the treats (apples and carrots) if what you initially want is to teach your horse respect of your space.?

Unless you are going in with the intention of giving that treat right away I would hold off feeding treats until the horse learns some space respect. Maybe I'm reading that wrong but that would definitely be my suggestion. At any rate, just make sure you keep a good safe distance between you and your horse when feeding treats. Especially one that is a bit aggressive.
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    07-21-2011, 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by Beauseant    
We always cut our apples into slices!!!

I've seen too many horses choke from being allowed to eat an apple whole ... or allowed to bite off half of it from someone's hand.....

You've got the choke risk, plus for allowing a horse to bite a hunk out of an apple when you are holding it, well, that seems rather dangerous to me. In the blink of an eye, you could be missing a finger....

Dunno why some people do that. I'm sure SOMEONE will come on here and say they do it all the time....ok, still doesn't make it a smart thing to do.

And someone will likely say they always feed their horses whole apples and have never seen a horse choke in 20 or 30 years.....ok, but I have. 3 times.

As for the carrots, we feed ours baby they don't need chopped. If feeding regular carrots, I would definitely chop them rather than shove a whole carrot into their mouths like one would feed branches into a shredder....

And someone will likely say they feed their horses carrots whole, as does everyone they know, ..... ok, but we don't because we don't feel that the risk of choke is worth not taking the time to chop it.

My point to this is that it seems that NO MATTER what one says, someone will always say they've done that for 20 years and nothing ever that somehow means that what they do is not risky or is the RIGHT way to do things.

So, I've decided to be preemptive...
LMAO.............funny but good points. I value everyone's opinion to ultimately make the best decision I can and what you are saying makes sense as far as not taking the risk
    07-21-2011, 01:11 PM
Originally Posted by nyg052003    
LMAO.............funny but good points. I value everyone's opinion to ultimately make the best decision I can and what you are saying makes sense as far as not taking the risk
3 horses is 3 too many to have seen suffer severe choke because of an apple....if I had never seen it happen, I'd probably not think it was a big deal to feed a horse a whole apple either. BUt seeing it happen breeds caution. So.....there it is.

As for the holding the apple while feeding it to a horse, NO WAY. My ex BO was missing his little finger due to a feeding accident....hay, not an apple.....but the point is still the same. Not willing to trust my horses to be careful and watchful of my fingers when the other poster said. I'd rather err on the side of caution....and keep my fingers. Seeing agian, breeds caution

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