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        10-22-2008, 02:49 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Absolutely!!!

    Justin and boo live on soup -- it's really the only way I can guarantee they drink enough :)

    Just avoid those messy kisses afterwards!
         
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        10-22-2008, 02:51 PM
      #22
    Started
    AAny feed can be soaked or watered down just fine ... I always add water to mine it also helps to prevent choke!!
         
        10-22-2008, 02:51 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Very cool...i learned something new!
         
        10-22-2008, 02:54 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Thanks kickshaw and PeggySue!

    PS, while I've got you here, I had a random question. So I now have Blaze on a ration balancer. As stated in another thread, he's getting free-grazing on pasture grass and a round bale of glover grass hay.

    I saw SonnyWimps mention that she only gives Sonny grain when she rides him. I am learning as I go about horse nutrition-is this something that I could do with Blaze, or do horses on a ration balancer need to be given the same amount 7 days a week?
         
        10-22-2008, 02:58 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    If I can also ask, what is ration balancer? I'm up in Canada and I haven't seen a product like this. Is it a general supplement?
         
        10-22-2008, 03:10 PM
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    Weanling
    PeggySue created this thread, it's very informative:

    What is a ration balancer and where can you find one?
         
        10-22-2008, 03:10 PM
      #27
    Showing
    Missy, I don't think it's a good idea to put a horse on and off feed. I ride 3 or 4 times per week and if it's a longer ride then I'll give him a little extra that night but I feed every day twice per day.

    As for a horse that is having problems adapting to a new water taste, I'll put jello mix in a large bucket of water next to the tank and slowly wean them off the jello. I've only had to do it a few times, fortunately.
         
        10-22-2008, 08:20 PM
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Missy, I don't think it's a good idea to put a horse on and off feed. I ride 3 or 4 times per week and if it's a longer ride then I'll give him a little extra that night but I feed every day twice per day.

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    Here Iwill just copy this it is what I woudl say anyway LOL

    He needs his nutrition daily as much as that sucks LOL I hate going out twice a day everyday to feed but rain shine snow ice whatever I do it
         
        10-22-2008, 08:20 PM
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    If I can also ask, what is ration balancer? I'm up in Canada and I haven't seen a product like this. Is it a general supplement?

    There are a few up in Canada I will post those links when I get back from getting my son from Driver's Ed tonight
         
        10-23-2008, 09:47 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    A little update. When I went out last night, I did a dehydration skin test by pinching a bit of skin in front of his shoulder. It sprang back immediately, which is good news. I put two water buckets out for him in the pasture when I was leaving.

    This morning was good process. The calves weren't in their usual spot, so after feeding him I walked him back over to the water tank (which is under an overhang of a barn, on cement). After about 5 minutes of back and forth and my coaxing, I got him up into the area, to the water and watched him drink. That was fabulous, because a-he trusted me enough to finally follow me up there, no treats! And b-he was drinking. I don't know if he's brave enough to do it while I'm not around tho I also led him down last night to the cistern and he seemed wary of that, which is so frustrating.

    His overall health, demeanor and looks seem fine, but being the novice "mom" that I am, there is weird almost lattice like patterns on his hair on his rump. I took decent pictures of it this morning, but I don't my my camera cord at work. Could dehydration cause a weird pattern like that? I don't think he's rubbing his flanks against a fence, and no fences on the property have patterns like that.
         

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