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post #1 of 7 Old 07-28-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question My Horse Is foundered... Any Treat Ideas?

I want to still give my horse treats but I found out he has foundered in his past and I would like some ideas on safe treats?? Thanks :)

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No not carrots they are way to high in sugar.

What about alfalfa cubes.....that is what I use for treats they are low in sugar.

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No not carrots they are way to high in sugar.

What about alfalfa cubes.....that is what I use for treats they are low in sugar.

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EEK! Alfalfa cubes should never ever be served dry! They swell up and cause horses to colic! I really hope you're giving them soaked alfalfa cubes as treats. Unsoaked hay cubes are very dangerous.

Good treats for foundered horses:
Celery and other leaf green vegetables
Hay stretcher pellets
Alfalfa pellets

Poor pony :( hope he feels better!
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Wither scratches. No sugar in them.
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Perhaps the occasional horse cookie -- given very sparingly. You can buy them or if your talented can make your own. I have seen many horse cookie recipes on the internet. As a matter of fact, if you make your own you will be able to control the quantity of sugar going into them.
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Agree it's best to stick to 'low GI' alternatives. Raw carrots aren't so high in nsc as you'd imagine tho. I'd still keep the amount of any sugar/carbs right down, so I wouldn't give more than say one diced carrot, if that's what you choose - still gives you a lot of 'treats' per carrot. Did your horse founder due to IR/obesity or another cause? That makes a difference as to how strict you'd want to be about diet.
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