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    08-09-2010, 02:48 AM
Woah little offended at the Aussie comment above. As Wild_Spot said, please don't tar people with the same brush just because one or two people have given out unsound advice.
Hell, the amount of 'stupid' advice I've seen people from the US give on here, I could say that EVERYONE from the US has no idea of how to look after their horse.

Back on topic. OP, yes molasses contains various vitamins/minerals, but the amount you have to feed for these to make a significant difference, will mean that your horse is getting far too much straight sugar in it's system among other things.
You are better off to look into various pre-mized supplements if you are that concerned about the vitamins/minerals in your horse's diet. There are fantastic supplements out there that cover all the different vitamins your horse needs in its system, rather than feeding molasses that has very few benefits.
As for coat shine, I feed sunflower oil and my horses have all gleamed on it. It's cheap, easy, and is also a great alternative to expensive hard feeds to fatten a horse up, there are more calories in just 1 cup of oil than there is in 1kg of many different types of feeds.

Even better than going for supplements, just make sure your horse has a balanced diet to begin with ;) Allow it access to plenty of good quality meadow hay, and work out a good feed mix that your horse responds well to.
If you want to be even more pedantic, get a blood test done on her to tell you what vitamins she is lacking in, and work from there, rather than just chucking anything and everything in it's feed because you've heard it's got some mineral or the other in it.

For the worming, don't mix the molasses with the wormer. What you can do is just coat the tip of the wormer, that goes in the horse's mouth, with molasses so horsey gets the taste of it ;)

Better still, try mixing a little bit of custard powder with water, and fill an old worming syringe with the mixture. 'Worm' her every day, or couple of days, with the custard mix in the lead up to worming her for real, so she expects a nice taste with the wormer ;)
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    08-09-2010, 03:00 AM
Ooh, yeah, and another easy way to gleam up a horse's coat? Lots of brushing with a soft bristle brush...

My mare...she recieves no special supplements other than loose mineral, and some alfalfa/timothy mix pellets. Forgive the 'wet' spot...she had a good workout, and had been hosed off (no shampoo), and the only spot not dry yet was where the saddle!

    08-09-2010, 04:21 AM
Horsesroqke, I think you should take the advice given by these guys, they really know what they're talking about.
I can understand you wanting to 'use it up' as you have probably spent your hard earned cash on it, but I would use this as a learning curve & get rid of whats left - take it as a loss or you may actually save money down the line as a result from not feeding this to your horse.

BTW New Zealand isn't part of Australia haha
    08-09-2010, 05:18 PM
Thanks for everyone's opinions. My final decision is to just cut it out of her diet.

:) Thanks everyone.
    08-09-2010, 07:15 PM
Glad to hear it :]
    08-09-2010, 09:08 PM
What brands of feeds do you have available? Any more info on what your feeding? Always start with a good quality hay and work from there.
    08-10-2010, 04:47 AM
Gosh, umm, we feed her Fibrepro chaff mix, and meadow hay. Her winter coat is already shedding so I hope her coat starts to come up shiny haha!
    08-10-2010, 08:33 AM
Since you asked for opinions and opinions and opinions only, I say don't feed any. Molassess is like giving a 5 year old kid a Mountain dew. The first one might not cause a problem but as they add up, so does the the sugar high.
My experience: the feed store stopped carrying my normal pellet feed so I started getting a sweet feed. The older rescue I had could stand to add a little weight so I got it and added it over a couple of days. My Belgian was the sweets most laid back bombproof guy you could ask for, but after a week on sugar he was jumpy, spooky, hardheaded, idiot. I stopped the sweet feed (give it to my dad for the cows) and a couple of days later he was back to his old self. I'll try and never give any sugary stuff to them again.
As far as the wormer, try applesauce(my guys like applesauce a little sugar but not like molasses). Get an old worm tube and clean it out and put applesauce in it, and give it to your horse until they are comfortable with the tube being swirted in their mouth. You can give her applesauce for a few days then give her the wormer with a chaser of apple sauce.
    08-10-2010, 10:08 AM
I just looked up the fibrepro chaff. Check your bag label for whats in it. The bag says it has mollasses in it allready.
    08-10-2010, 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Woah little offended at the Aussie comment above. As Wild_Spot said, please don't tar people with the same brush just because one or two people have given out unsound advice.

Hell, the amount of 'stupid' advice I've seen people from the US give on here, I could say that EVERYONE from the US has no idea of how to look after their horse.
Stupid isn't relegated to just one country, unfortunately. It's spread over the whole globe equally, although at times that doesn't appear to be the case. Pockets of intense stupidity can be found everywhere.

U.S. Citizens as a general rule are horrible at geography. Why that is, I couldn't tell you. New Zealand isn't part of Australia, for those of you who think it is. It's an island about 1,200 miles off the south east coast of Oz.

As far as molasses goes, feed as little as possible. Most feeds contain trace amounts of molasses, but sweet feed drenches the food in it.

My gray Arab gelding is spooky and reactive at the best of times. On sweet feed, he's almost uncontrollable. He doesn't get sweet feed.

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