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        09-06-2013, 05:29 PM
      #71
    Trained
    No problem with the apple and peach trees themselves, just the fruit. So pick the fruit. Problem solved. Or, fence off the treed area, but they might be useful for shade depending on their size.

    He spits out the pits that you know of... Hopefully he always does, but I would also consider choking on a pit a potential hazard.
         
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        09-12-2013, 06:37 PM
      #72
    Foal
    Hi guys! A little thing that bugs me off and I would like your opinion on it: The stall where I keep my mini at night is sheltered from 3 sides and open on one, with a little bit of "yard" in front(5x2.5 meters) and I noticed that he doesn't stay in the sheltered area at all, even when it rains he is still staying in that open area. Do you have any ideea why he wouldnt like the sheltered area? Also it seems like he doesnt sleep much. I have the habit of staying up late and lately i've been checking on him and he is up even at 2-3AM(i didn't turn the lights on but I could hear his steps).
         
        09-12-2013, 06:41 PM
      #73
    Yearling
    I wouldn't worry about the mini not using the shelter..some equines are just like that. Just keep it cleaned out and if he wants to use it he will.

    Equines will also catch cat naps. Some sleep through the night, others don't. As long as they can get some dark time to just chill, all is well with their world.
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        09-12-2013, 08:08 PM
      #74
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mrspyrydus    
    I got a peach tree and an apple tree in his yard and both are short enough that he can grab the fruits right of the branches. The vet said that he was born somewhere around april-may.
    Do not let him eat leaves of the peach tree. Peach leaves and pits are toxic for horses (they both can have cyanide). There's loads of information on plants that are poisonous to equines.
         
        09-12-2013, 08:47 PM
      #75
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mrspyrydus    
    Hi guys! A little thing that bugs me off and I would like your opinion on it: The stall where I keep my mini at night is sheltered from 3 sides and open on one, with a little bit of "yard" in front(5x2.5 meters) and I noticed that he doesn't stay in the sheltered area at all, even when it rains he is still staying in that open area. Do you have any ideea why he wouldnt like the sheltered area? Also it seems like he doesnt sleep much. I have the habit of staying up late and lately i've been checking on him and he is up even at 2-3AM(i didn't turn the lights on but I could hear his steps).
    My two rarely go into their shed, even if its pouring buckets. About the only time they go in their is if its snowing tons, or hailing. I wouldnt over stress it. As long as its available for him if he needs it.
         
        09-12-2013, 08:58 PM
      #76
    Started
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    They sleep, they just arent like us where they need a solid amount of sleeping time. They take short naps all throughout the day. They can sleep standing up, but they do require a certain amount of time lying down, as that's the only time they can reach REM sleep. They take their little lying down naps in short bursts also. Sometimes, if the horse doesnt feel safe, he wont want to lye down without another friend standing watch over him. I've heard that if horses don't get their required REM sleep that they could possibly collapse (very un common), but not to worry - I don't see my horses lying down sleeping too often, and I've never had a problem with any sleep deprivation problems. Im just not around all day watching them, Im sure they catch their sleep when they need it, whether Im watching or not :)
         
        09-13-2013, 09:52 AM
      #77
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gallop On    
    I wouldnt feed my horses corn, or corn husks. Not really healthy.
    in moderation it shouldn't cause a problem

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mrspyrydus    
    @anndankev: I did a little bit of reading on corn and how it affects the horses. Of course it's not a smart ideea to feed it to your horse as the only/primary source of food but I really believe that if you give a little bit of corn during winter it will help giving your horse a little bit of "kick" during the cold days of winter( I read that it is higher in calories than hay and it is almost like sugar). I still have to decide whether I will mix in a little bit of corn during his winter hay diet or not. Still waiting to read more opinions.
    The older English woman I got my guy from always fed cracked corn in the winter to her horses, to help them stay warm, and occasionally corn husks as a treat in the summer.

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    Originally Posted by stevenson    
    !! Peaches are stone fruit and the Pits are lethal. Do not let the pony have free access to the pits. And actually apple seeds can be toxic. Be sure to cut the apple up and remove the seeds. Good luck , I never saw where the Vet had aged him , how old did the Vet guess him ?
    do you know how many apple seeds the little guy would have to consume for them to be toxic? An insane amount. Horses have been eating apples whole for years. I agree about peaches tho, and the leaves. It should be fenced off at least.

    Anyways..
    We need to remember the original poster and this baby horse are in Romania, they do things differently there than other places, different ideas regarding vet care, and how to feed horses. Just as Australia does things differently, England, Ireland, every area has different feed stuffs for their horses, the horses in the areas are used to the feeds available there, just as in the USA, from Massachusetts to Texas, there are different hays available.

    Oh and more pics please.. he's a cutie!!
         
        09-13-2013, 12:00 PM
      #78
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    I'm not sure that the stalks and leaves would be a huge problem other than maybe not very digestible for a horse (cattle have a different digestive system)so could cause colic - you'd have to be very careful of any signs of mold in it as it doesn't dry out fast like hay and straw so tend to go moldy which would be toxic
    I wouldn't feed the actual grain - normally sold 'flaked' - to a pony like yours as it would likely be a fast track to laminitis
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        09-13-2013, 02:25 PM
      #79
    Yearling
    There are no grains (corn, oats, barley, etc....) that are good for equines. The equine digestive system is not designed for grain. It's designed for digesting primarily long fiber in the hind gut. There are a host of problems that feeding grain can create. Yes, people did it for years and horses tended to not live as long or be as healthy (Secretariat was put down at 19). Just because people did it doesn't make it ok. And even 100 years ago they knew that it was best (corn is among the worst), because my grandfather (born in the late 1800's) warned about the problems associated with feeding grain and especially corn. People smoke 2 packs of cigs a day and live to see 70, but that doesn't make it healthy, good or a smart thing to do.

    At the very least feeding grain will change the balance of "good" microbes in the hind gut needed for digesting long fiber (that should make up at a min 50% of an equine diet up to 100%) by reducing their number (killing them off) while causing an environment that promotes the growth of "bad" microbes that don't provide the needed benefit for the equine.

    Long fiber should make up most of their diet. You can gradually introduce vegetable oil (slowly) if you want to give them more energy, but even that should be limited.
         

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