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    12-15-2011, 05:40 AM
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Foal
Big Head, how to prevent? any one got Pat Coleby's book handy?

Hi All,
I moved my horses to an agistment paddock (Coastal Australia). And its got all the grasses know to cause big head. So what can / should I do?

I'm worried about them and am imagining that their faces are puffing up as the have some bite on them too, need to spray them again.

Its only been around two weeks but I haven't been able to give them supplements as the other horses bombard us and there is no separate enclosure.

Anyone got Pat Coleby's book handy? I lent mine to a friend and she's gone on holidays... really want to look up what she says

What do others do? Feed?
Thanks
     
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    12-15-2011, 11:29 AM
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So what's being done for all the other horses in this group? Everyone of them needs supplemental Ca. They should each be getting about 150gms Ca (dicalcium phosphate) a day to counteract the high P levels in the grasses. You should also eliminate any whole grains, bran and giving them some lucerne will help but it doesn't have enough Ca to do the job by itself.

I'm sure in your area you can walk into any feed store and they will have the Ca you need and it will be cheap. I don't know if I would trust the horses to eat what they need by putting it out free choice but if everyone chips in it would be the easiest way. Try putting out as many feed pans as horses in the group, put 1C in each pan and monitor what they eat. If they gobble it up, give them more than hang a bucket about 1/4 full on the fence. You can mix it with loose white salt (table salt will work if you can't find livestock salt) but know how much Ca is in the blend so you can extrapolate how much each horse is consuming.
     
    12-15-2011, 07:28 PM
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Trained
Bighead is a massive calcium deficiency, caused by very high phosphorus, so that's what is needed, as explained by LHP. You can also get specific 'bighead' formulas as well as straight Ca.
     

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