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post #1 of 10 Old 06-03-2012, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Strange Eating Habits

Have any strange eating habit stories? I think horses are just like people when it comes to oddball eating habits.

One of my mares won't eat out of a bucket. If you pour her grain in a bucket she'll tip the bucket over and eat it off the ground. Every time. So now I just pour it on the ground and she's happy.

I have a stallion who dunks his hay in his trough. He'll walk 40 feet with a mouthfull of hay, dunk it in the water and eat it. Doesn't matter what kind of hay. He's a dunker. So his trough has to be scrubbed all the time.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-03-2012, 08:08 AM
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I know it's common enough.. but Bandit insists on pawing the entire time he grubs.... when I had him bedded on shavings I had to feed him from a bucket rather than his feed trough at the front of the box so that he didn't destroy his bed.

One funny thing is that he will NOT eat "dessert" before his dinner. He will refuse apples, carrots, mints until his feed pot is empty, when he will then come back looking for it.

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A few over the years. I've also had one that was a pan dumper, we have a lot of sand so letting her eat off the ground wasn't a good option, she got a bolted corner pan. You could see her cuss you in her head about it for awhile but she got over it.

Dynasty, not necessarily a eating habit but it involves his feed pan. If he gets anything in his water bucket, a few pieces of hay, his water is lower than his liking, heaven forbid he poops in it, etc he will take his feed pan and put it on top of his water bucket. I am pretty faithful about scrubbing buckets about every 3 days but he lets me know if it needs done. He doesn't put it on there when it's sparkly clean. Spoiled I tell you.

Had a few that like to eat/drink strange things if that counts. My old dun mare I showed as a teen loved oreo cookies & mt. dew, she got both after a good day in the show pen. My sister always swore she rode better on show days because she wanted that treat. Had one that also ate hot dogs. My mom's old mare was a Coke (the soda) addict. She made the front page of the Indy paper one year after she stole the judge's can of coke from her hand in the middle of a showmanship class.

Then I have Woodstock who thinks he wants to eat anything that anyone else is eating. We share a Guinness once a week (I drink my half first of course), he's stolen my lunch a few times, ate ritz cracker & cheese with my kiddo, helped himself to a lollipop once, popsicles, only thing I've found that he didn't like after he stole it was grapefruit. The face he made that day was priceless
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The silliest thing to me, and most horses do it, is the way they eat holes in a round the hay in the middle is some kind of prize or something. They look pretty stupid with their heads in a bale up to the shoulders...
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Both my horses LOVE pears. But while my qh just sucks the whole pear in (doesn't matter the size, and she looks like a hamster when she does it ), I have to hold the pear for my paint (also doesn't matter the size), so she'd bite off little pieces (yes, yes, I know, dangerous for the fingers, but I'm a grown girl and taking my own risks).

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Haha, both my mares eat the middle out of roundbales as well to the point where the rest of it kind of falls over and is no longer round bale-ish.

My buckskin mare, Josie, will lip/teeth on the top of her bucket as she chews a bite of feed to the point where indents are made when she has teethed it. She only does it with the feeders that hang over the fence and won't touch it unless she is eating her meal, funny girl!

My friend had a mare that would eat anything you were eating around it - anything! She once fed him half a bean and cheese burrito. He happily munched it down!
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I have a dumper. Feed buckets, water buckets, anything, it doesn't matter what they're full of, he wants to try to dump it first and then he'll consider eating. Now all his things are tied and bolted down.
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when my horse eats her hay she throws it around

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Molly's a hay dunker, not because the hay is dusty, but because she can't stand still. She's also a weaver (which is crazy because she has 24/7 access to pasture), so when she eats her hay she always dunks it to keep herself moving.
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Toby always has to keep his top lip on the edge of the feed bucket when he's chewing. It's kinda cute and doesn't damage the buckets in any way.

Barcoo's isn't so much a habit of his as a habit of Dad's. Dad insists on surrounding Barcoo's main feed bucket with smaller buckets and then Dad sits there while Barcoo eats so he can catch everything and put it back in Barcoo's feed. It's so Barcoo "doesn't get dirty lips because he's a precious old man". I think Barcoo might be Dad's favourite. Barcoo also taught himself to dump the food and throw his feed bucket when he's not satisfyed with what he's given. He's near impossible to catch in the act.

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