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        01-23-2013, 12:06 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Appearantly from the posts it is okay...but I wouldn't feed it raw for the sake of disease. I use to feed my kelpie's egg yolk b/c - yes..it made them shine like glass.
         
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        01-23-2013, 10:10 AM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
    I have heard of them stealing chicken eggs around the barnyard when they can. Weird lol
    That is weird as you always think of horses as being strictly vegetarian - though my husband had a pony when he was a kid that had a taste for chicken sandwiches - he used to beg like crazy for them when they were at horse shows!!!
         
        01-23-2013, 02:48 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    There are cases where horses have been known to consume meat. I think that an critter if it gets an imbalance might eat something odd to try to fix it. Or if they just get a taste for something. If a horse was fed eggs and developed a taste for them, I can totally see a greedy equine eating any egg they could find lol...
         
        01-23-2013, 09:48 PM
      #14
    Foal
    You only feed them one raw egg a week and yes I thought it was weird too.... I once found my gelding stuck in our chicken shed... I had to go in and direct him out :) I have our horses on a strictly low energy diet onsisting of Copra, Gumnuts, Calmperformer, Ricebran and lucerne hay. They don't get any of those supplement stuff so that's why I was thinking of putting them on linseed, but I have been feeding the occasional carrot until I get some. The reason for the calcium stuff was because the gelding gets an occasional swelling of one of his back legs, only slight swelling, and we think it might be a joint problem or arthritis.
         
        01-23-2013, 09:50 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I don't get much money and my dad doesn't want to go out and buy all these expensive professional supplements so that's why I was seeing if there was anything organic or any out-of-the-pantry stuff that I could feed them.
         
        01-23-2013, 09:52 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    My vet said that horses could eat Tums. These have calcium, but I don't know how many you'd have to feed to get a result!
         
        01-23-2013, 09:56 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Okay, thankyou :)
         
        01-23-2013, 10:06 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Caili    
    The reason for the calcium stuff was because the gelding gets an occasional swelling of one of his back legs, only slight swelling, and we think it might be a joint problem or arthritis.

    Calcium wont help if it is arthritis. The cheapest thing to try if it IS arthritis is MSM. It helps some but not all. Stocking up in a leg (meaning swelling with no heat) can happen if the horse is just standing around and not moving enough. Especially if the horse has had an injury on that leg before.
         
        01-23-2013, 10:14 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Okay.. I think it is the stocking up thing because I could feel barely any heat when I checked and he doesn't get ridden as often as I would like to. It's pouring down with rain right now.
         
        01-23-2013, 10:39 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Caili    
    i have our horses on a strictly low energy diet onsisting of Copra, Gumnuts, Calmperformer, Ricebran and lucerne hay.
    All of those ingredients are quite high energy/calorie feeds! But perhaps you mean high starch or feeds that are known to make a horse 'hot'? Of course excess energy of any kind will do that - & feeding those kinds of 'conditioning' ingreds to mine would have them jumping out of their skin.... until they became too fat to move - but grainy/starchy/sugary ingreds are known for it, and at least copra, ricebran & lucerne are low. How come they're on all those different things & especially as you want 'strictly low energy', how come the gumnuts & calm performer, which are both grain-based & have molasses added?

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    The reason for the calcium stuff was because the gelding gets an occasional swelling of one of his back legs, only slight swelling, and we think it might be a joint problem or arthritis.
    As Trinity said, Ca is not nec a good thing for arthritis even if it is that - depends whether he's deficient in it. Could be that he's too high in it - lucerne/alfalfa is high Ca. So I'd advise you reassess his diet & then do a diet analysis before considering what supps, natural or otherwise he might need. FeedXL.com is one good service for that, if you don't/can't consult a nutritionist personally.
         

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