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post #1 of 16 Old 06-25-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Sloppy Eater

Every day when I feed my horse he eather pushes the bowl over or when he chews he lifts his head up and spits half of it on the ground.I'm scared he might get worms or colic from eating it off the ground so much.I have no idea how to stop it.We worm him reguarly but we feed him where theres only sand and dirt and I'm scared he might get colic.Please help me !

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-25-2011, 06:24 PM
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Re: Sloppy eater

They make large rubber mats that you can put under his food bowl and if he drops it it falls on the mat. My gelding is the same way but he is tarp trained and we just used a small tarp to put his feed bowl on and then he just nibbles it up from the tarp, but if your horse doesn't like tarps, you should get one of those rubber mats. Also, if you are worried about sand colic, you should get Sand Clear, Equus Psyllium pellets, or you can try chia seeds from the organic food market. A woman in another thread said that chia seeds worked great and I read an article about them. You can feed 2 ounces of chia seeds (if you have an ounce scooper) or 1/8 to 1/4 cup depending on the severity of sand consumption. The Sand Clear and Equus Psyllium are also 2 ounces I think for 1 week a month.

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I honestly wouldn't worry too much about worms so long as you deworm him. You could also do like 2SCHorses said and put something under his tub or find a way to stabilize it so he can't flip it or throw it.
As for the food coming out of his mouth, he probably needs his teeth floated.

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agreed. If the food is falling out of his mouth, he needs his teeth floated. We have a pony who used to drool her food and ended up only getting about 1/3 of what she was taking because it all fell out of her mouth- but after getting her teeth floated twice, she was a very clean eater.

As for pushing the bowl over, why not just suspend your feed bucket from a fence or his stall? Put it high enough that he can't paw it down, and he should stop bothering it.

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My mums horse does the same kind of thing, but she has a bad jaw. I second everyone saying his teeth.
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Thank you I'll try it :)

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You can also try getting a bucket big enough that he can't grab huge mouthfuls of food at a time.

My grandparents use plastic barrels, and cut a section out of the middle, so that they have the top and bottoms as feed (or water troughs) buckets. It works really well, as our racehorses get a good quantity of food, and some of the horses were just wasting it.
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agreed. If the food is falling out of his mouth, he needs his teeth floated.
I agree that he teeth should be checked, but just because food is falling from his mouth does not exactly mean that they have to have their teeth floated. My horse got stuck under a fence awhile ago and after she started dropping feed. We got her teeth checked and she was fine and didnt need to be floated. So we go a chiropracter out and we found out that she had thrown her poll out and because of that her jaw was crossed. She's getting regular adjustments and though much better than before her jaw is still crossed and she still drops feed. I find that until she 100%, when I wet her feed and make it into a mush, she has a much easier time eating and doesnt drop feed anymore.
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You can certainly have the teeth checked, especially if he drops food while chewing, but in my experience some horses get excited when they get their grain, lift a leg, paw the ground, or are just messy eaters that has nothing to do with chewing at all.

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Definitely check teeth. Sometimes horses bolt their food and put too much food in their mouth than they can handle. I put a couple of large rocks (too big to accidentally eat) so that they have to work to eat around the rocks. It will really slow them down.
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