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post #21 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 10:49 PM
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I'm going to keep posting about it until the OP addresses why he's only getting 4 flakes of hay a day.

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I'm going to keep posting about it until the OP addresses why he's only getting 4 flakes of hay a day.
Why not just ask the OP how much those 4 flakes weigh? My horse only gets 4 flakes per day, but it their weight equates 2% of her body weight, which is adequate for her.

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OP, you might want to have your vet do an allergy panel on this horse. My best friend's Arab gelding was breaking out in hives, so they did a partial panel and discovered he was allergic to alfalfa. So, they switched him to Bermuda grass and timothy. After a couple of weeks, he became incredibly difficult to handle and seemed to have forgotten everything he'd ever been taught. They decided to do a full allergy panel on him. Turns out that he is literally allergic to EVERYTHING...except flies. He's allergic to every kind of hay, so he has to be on a very controlled diet of pellets supplemented with anti-histamines.

My point is, sometimes it's the things you least suspect, health-wise, that may be making your horse "crazy."
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Why not just ask the OP how much those 4 flakes weigh? My horse only gets 4 flakes per day, but it their weight equates 2% of her body weight, which is adequate for her.
It's a question, not a judgement. I'm asking why, and he or she can explain the reasoning

A) weight of horse
B) weight of flake
C) on pasture
C) etc.

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post #25 of 36 Old 02-20-2013, 11:01 PM
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Why not just ask the OP how much those 4 flakes weigh? My horse only gets 4 flakes per day, but it their weight equates 2% of her body weight, which is adequate for her.
I think the two questions go hand-in-hand. However, the OP isn't answering either (which she's been asked multiple times).

A thought... The OP is a minor who sounds like she boards. It may be that she doesn't know how or why her horse is fed what he is fed.
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Thank you all for your help

We don't turn out Dutch any more because he recently started scaring himself to the point to where he gives himself a bloody noise by snorting so hard.

He eats 1 grass and 1 ALFALFA every morning and evening.
Did anyone else notice the part where she said a high strung tb was not on turnout anymore?! I agree with the ulcers, feeding suggestions, etc. But wow, if I took turnout from my two tb's I'd have a disaster on my hands :/
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Where I board, the lady that owns the place feeds him. And when we got Dutch he was a couple hundred pounds under weight. I did not question her on why it was only four flakes a day but it seemed to be enough. He is now at a very healthy weight. And as for taking him from the turn out I had to do it because Dutch was hurting himself. To make up for it, I give him plently of exercise almost every day.
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tomorrow I will call the vet and ask him about the possibility of ulcers
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Can you put boots on his legs, etc?
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OP, you might want to have your vet do an allergy panel on this horse. My best friend's Arab gelding was breaking out in hives, so they did a partial panel and discovered he was allergic to alfalfa. So, they switched him to Bermuda grass and timothy. After a couple of weeks, he became incredibly difficult to handle and seemed to have forgotten everything he'd ever been taught. They decided to do a full allergy panel on him. Turns out that he is literally allergic to EVERYTHING...except flies. He's allergic to every kind of hay, so he has to be on a very controlled diet of pellets supplemented with anti-histamines.

My point is, sometimes it's the things you least suspect, health-wise, that may be making your horse "crazy."
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Thank you. I will aslo ask the vet about allergies.
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