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    06-26-2011, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by EventingDeva    
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.
my appologies. I didn't mean that there was a 100% guarentee that floating was going to fix the problem, just that it is a very good place to start. Teeth are very often the cause of a problem, so I like to begin with that- and if that does not work, move on to other ideas such as with your mare's poll, or perhaps just trying to get them to slow down, as Allison Finch said.
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    06-26-2011, 07:32 PM
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Might also try wetting the feed slightly. That may help.
    07-29-2011, 05:30 PM
Thanks you guys I got the vet out here today and they pulled two wolf teeth out I hope that was it :))
    07-29-2011, 07:06 PM
Try to get a larger bucket and put 4-6'' rocks in the bottom it will slow the horse down.I had the same problem the rocks helped because she had to push the rocks around the feed.The do make a special bucket with knobs or holes inside to slow their eating down.Also get her teeth checked.We had that issue also.
    07-30-2011, 01:41 AM
My gelding does this too, it could just be a thing that they like to do. I just had his teeth done recently, vet said he was good to go. I also wet down his grain so it is a mush. He likes to push his feed arond his bin with his nose, dig to the bottom and push everything to the sides for some reason then eat from there. He ends up tossing a lot of it out of his bucket and drops it when he chews as well. With him I just think it is how he eats. I agree that getting a mat or a hanging bucket would be best, or maybe even doing both. Good luck.
    07-30-2011, 03:43 PM
Glad you had the vet out! My mare was like that and she still knocked her bucket over ever after her teeth were floated. I mounded a hanging feeder to the wall and she ripped it down. So I got a huge bucket (like a small water trough) to put her feed in so she can push is all around and whatever and that's worked really well.

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