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post #21 of 26 Old 05-30-2010, 04:31 PM
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well I'm going to put her back on soaked alfalfa cubes because she really enjoyed them. Strategy is a pelleted feed, ill try soaking it to see if she eats it better until she gets used to her "new" teeth. I know the best bet is to call the dentist back out but I just wanted to see if anyone else has run into a problem like this. She has put on about 30-40 pounds since her teeth got done so I'm not worried about her getting the nutrients, just worried about the dropped grain and the extra salivating. I'll most likely give her a little more time before I call the dentist back or wait until she comes back anyway to float my geldings.

Well, a horse can vary up to 50 pounds on any given day, so 30-40 is not a significant amount at all.

I'd soak all of the feed every day... Strategy is great, I'd put the hay cubes in the bottom of a bucket about half full, put her strategy ration on top, and fill it up with water until the water is just covering all of the feed. Let it sit for a minute or two so the water can absorb into all of the feed, and then give it to her.

As for the salivating and dropped grain-- often when horses had really bad teeth, they have abscesses in the mouth. Once the teeth are floated the irritation is mostly gone, except when eating grain. The little pieces can get into these sores and irritate them. I have a feeling you'll see the dropped grain until any sores are healed up. Soaking the grain into mush will alleviate this issue more, so no hard chunks get into any sores.

And the salivating-- is the horse out on pasture with clover? Clover makes some horses drool like rabid dogs, literally QUARTS of drool can come out of their mouth at one time. Could that be it?

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post #22 of 26 Old 05-30-2010, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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seWHC-I'll up her hay then more then, I'm on the look out for this year's round bales but still haven't had a lot of luck with it so I hoping that will really make a difference when she is on a fresh round bail. She gets put in a stall at night sometimes, depending on the weather/bugs, now the bug season is starting to get into full swing around here she'll be in almost every night. Ill section her off for now so she gets eats all of it(my gelding can be a jerk sometimes). I'm just worried that once I get this weight on her she'll loose it again because she is coming to college with me in August and they only get fed two flakes twice a day. Do you think that will pose a problem?
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I would go with Enrich32 for grass hay or Enrich12 for alfalfa, work up to 2lbs of rice bran and about 3or 4lbs of alfalfa pellets or cubes ... soak everything for at least half hour before feeding

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #24 of 26 Old 05-30-2010, 05:25 PM
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Going from 6 to 4 flakes a day will definitely be a problem. If you're boarding at a school barn, its just like any other barn; if you're willing to pay more she'll get fed more.
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post #25 of 26 Old 05-30-2010, 08:03 PM
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You aren't feeding enough hay. Unless you have monster flakes, 6 a day just won't cut it. The best way to put weight on a horse is as much excellent hay as the horse can eat.
I agree completely, and more chewing time will cut down on the dental work required in the long run, too.

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post #26 of 26 Old 05-30-2010, 08:35 PM
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seWHC-I'll up her hay then more then, I'm on the look out for this year's round bales but still haven't had a lot of luck with it so I hoping that will really make a difference when she is on a fresh round bail. She gets put in a stall at night sometimes, depending on the weather/bugs, now the bug season is starting to get into full swing around here she'll be in almost every night. Ill section her off for now so she gets eats all of it(my gelding can be a jerk sometimes). I'm just worried that once I get this weight on her she'll loose it again because she is coming to college with me in August and they only get fed two flakes twice a day. Do you think that will pose a problem?
I would say it may not be a problem, if the issue really lies in the pushy gelding. Does the mare seem stressed? Does the gelding run her off of her food?

You'd definitely want more than two flakes per feeding, but if she's an easy keeper that is just not allowed to eat all of her food, the answer may just be getting her some alone time with her feed so she can eat it all.

See how it goes with the changes you mentioned in place, and then worry about how shell do when you take her to school.
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