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post #1 of 38 Old 11-10-2011, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Weird things your horse(s) ate?

A couple of us barn folks were talking... and i was reminded that in the first year i had Dillon. he ate about 4 CHICKEN EGGS.

i was at a barn that had chickens and if a boarder or whoever found a chicken egg you would leave it on a shelf so that the BO could come down later and snatch them up. and give them to her dobermans.

well this "egg shelf" was in an area of the arena my horse could get to...

I let him out in the arena to wander about while i did something else. only to look over again and see my horse CRUNCHING on something and goop coming out of his mouth.

i rushed over to see what he was eating and i heard a much too audible crunch crunch crunch. as i looked over to where he was nosing for more i noticed the eggs... and if i wouldn't have saw it with my own eyes i wouldn't believe it. the stinker took another egg in his mouth and started crunching!

i don't think i ever moved so fast to take those other eggs away. and called the vet ASAP (worried about salmonella or botulism LOL)

vet said he would most likely be fine...and might end up with a super shiny coat! hehe

have your horse(s) had any weird cravings?

i have heard of coke,sandwiches,hotdogs etc. lol

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post #2 of 38 Old 11-10-2011, 11:52 PM
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I've heard of people feeding their horses eggs before. But I always thought that was risky for the same reasons you did- salmonella or colic!

Hmm. The strangest thing I have fed a horse. Dog biscuits and a small bite of chicken nugget.

I once had a horse get into some candy, wrappers and all. Freaked me out! But he pooped some wrappers and seemed fine afterwards!

My yearling likes to chew tails. Now that is a habit I wish he would outgrow!
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post #3 of 38 Old 11-10-2011, 11:52 PM
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My Percheron is 2 and a half, and I am convinced that she will eat anything. I have a bad habit of letting all my horses smell whatever I am eating. They are curious, and all BUT the baby are picky. I have learned not to let Willow (baby) smell anything. I have had her bite an ice cream sandwich, try to drink iced tea and mountain dew, she LOVES to try and eat my pizza. I will let her eat goldfish crackers, lifesaver wintergreen and peppermint mints, and gummy worms. But only occasionally, and only a tiny taste. Well the peppermints I give all my horses as a special treat. They are funny, aren't they?
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Oh jeez, I don't even know where to start! I have a one-horse wonder when it comes to eating things I didn't even know horses could (even with three years with horses PRIOR to having her!) digest.

Indie has eaten:

Toy army men
plastic bags (it smelled like carrot I suppose)
tomato plants
suckers (took the whole stick with it when ahem.. my brother wasn't looking.)
birthday cake
assorted gummy candies (I made a mistake of leaving my Easter basket out one year while I "just ran inside to get something." it was too late )
An unattended hotdog.
Ramen noodles
dog food (I left it out for the dogs, had no idea my horse of all things would find it tasty)
Coffee (yup, managed to steal that from my neighbor. Took the Styrofoam cup right out of her hand and spilled it so she could lick it up. Horrible manners I know)
Mac n cheese (again with the stealing my dogs treats)

and I'm sure there was more at one point in time. You'd never guess she gets a hardy two meals of grain and hay plus turnout every day by all the food she keeps trying to steal! And I can't believe she's lived through HALF the things she's eaten.
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post #5 of 38 Old 11-11-2011, 01:41 AM
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The appy mare I used to have would steal anyones cans of
Chew they left laying around, bite it open, and steal the tabacco - gross. She was also fond of most types of alcohol...

My paint mare will grab a mt dew literally out of your hand and drink it straight out of the can or bottle.

My stallion is especially fond of pop tarts and would do anything for one.
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post #6 of 38 Old 11-11-2011, 02:11 AM
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Well two of mine are pretty fussy but Sammy will eat just about anything or he will at least have a go.

he has tried:
oreo biscuits
pizza (the bits I gave only had cheese and sauce on them)
a sort of anzac mueslie bar (he loves them)
apple turnover with cream
cheerios (the cereal)
hot chips
tried to eat a sausage roll
tried to take a sausage

and more that I can't think of right now. if he sees food in your hand he always wants to taste it no matter what it is.

My two horse Apache and Sammy are my world
along with our dogs Patch and Bear.
But I will always love you Jimmy R.I.P
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my fella likes clothes.....and maom sweets and bacon crisps :)
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post #8 of 38 Old 11-11-2011, 06:55 AM
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Mine eats pretzels
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post #9 of 38 Old 11-11-2011, 07:13 AM
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My little niece who is three thinks its funny to feed my horse whatever she's eating. Which has consisted of

Cherry poptart
Potato bread
Candy corn
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post #10 of 38 Old 11-11-2011, 10:34 AM
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Lol, My Arab is way to picky, he refuses to even eat carrots, but our Appy... well, he is another story.

Smoothies (I blew some into his mouth from the straw and he LOVED it)
Root Beer
Lemon Drops
Jolly ranchers
Fudge bar
A piece of chocolate
Chips of any kind, preferably Sun Chips though.
And sometimes candy wrappers (Unintentional!)

E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...
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