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        12-20-2007, 09:56 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Where I ride when we fall off we get a chocolate party and every time the horses are allowed to have some too....and under the circumstances they get chocolate quite a lot
         
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        12-21-2007, 05:02 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by latte62lover
    where I ride when we fall off we get a chocolate party and every time the horses are allowed to have some too....and under the circumstances they get chocolate quite a lot
    Thats a really cute idea. Makes falling off not so bad and other riders won't make as much fun since there is a treat involved.
         
        12-22-2007, 02:48 AM
      #13
    Started
    Wow $200 is a rediculis price to be spending on a horse for that!!!!, mine just get carrots and molasses and maybe a new halter......how about donating it to some thing like dans la rue or the terry fox foundation? In your horses name?
         
        12-22-2007, 03:52 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I am way to nice to her!! Lol...
         
        12-22-2007, 12:14 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Well, I think we all love our horses just as much, but AGREED...........that is ALOT of chocolate. She would love you just as much with some of the healthier suggestions posted :). But to each his/her own. Good luck!
         
        12-22-2007, 02:18 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Chocolate? For your horses?

    Am I missing something? If I want to give anyone of my horses A treat, It's usually 4th cut alfalfa....This year last cutting dried nice and green.
    When they see it or smell it in the cart, you would think I offered to take them out for dinner!
         
        12-22-2007, 02:39 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Toxicity in animals

    Main article: theobromine poisoning

    In sufficient amounts, the theobromine found in chocolate is toxic to animals such as horses, dogs, parrots, small rodents, and cats (kittens especially) because they are unable to metabolise the chemical effectively. If they are fed chocolate, the theobromine will remain in their bloodstream for up to 20 hours, and these animals may experience epileptic seizures, heart attacks, internal bleeding, and eventually death. Medical treatment involves inducing vomiting within two hours of ingestion, or contacting a veterinarian.
    (Anyone here ever see a horse vomit from anything other than choke?????)

    I think the rule of thumb is " Don't feed your Dog Chocolate even know he likes it!, because bad things can happen to him! Same I find for horses, Were not talking about colic.....I have seen a quarter horse mare have a motor type seizure, and it's not pretty!


    A typical 20-kilogram (40-lb) dog will normally experience great intestinal distress after eating less than 240 grams (8.5 oz) of dark chocolate, but will not necessarily experience bradycardia or tachycardia unless it eats at least a half a kilogram (1.1 lb) of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has 2 to 5 times more theobromine, thus is more dangerous to dogs and other animals. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, approximately 1.3 grams of baker's chocolate per kilogram of a dog's body weight (0.02 oz/lb) is sufficient to cause symptoms of toxicity. For example, a typical 25-gram (0.88 oz) baker's chocolate bar would be enough to bring about symptoms in a 20-kilogram (44 lb) dog. Of course, baking chocolate is rarely consumed directly due to its unpleasant taste, but other dark chocolates' canine toxicities may be extrapolated based on this figure. As dogs like the taste of chocolate products as much as humans do, and are capable of finding and eating quantities much larger than typical human servings, they should be kept out of their reach. Treats made from carob are a good substitute and pose no threat.
         
        12-23-2007, 08:58 AM
      #18
    Showing
    Thanks for that Cuttingedge I wondered myself. I have had dogs eat chocolate and had to give them hydrogen peroxide water mix to promote vomiting....not a pretty thing.
         
        12-25-2007, 01:17 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco
    Thanks for that Cuttingedge I wondered myself. I have had dogs eat chocolate and had to give them hydrogen peroxide water mix to promote vomiting....not a pretty thing.
    Yeha, that's scary Vidaloco! With a horse I can't see how you would even induce vomiting....You would have to tube them, and hope for the best. :( Being that Drafts have sensitive digestive systems, I'm very cautious of what goes into our herds mouths.
         
        12-26-2007, 11:30 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    I wouldn't spend $200 bucks on me, even for chocolate! ( and I love chocolate) if I were you, i'd buy her $200 of feed , 0r $200 bucks for board, $200 bucks of carrots or apples to share, ya know, stuff I can enjoy too!
         

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