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  • My horse wont eat grain & is losing weight

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    06-25-2013, 01:29 PM
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If your horse is losing weight then I would geuss he is not getting enough to eat. Dunking his grain is probably not the issue, however, dunking the grain may mean that he needs his teeth floated or that he has a sore tooth, could have allergies, etc.... or even that he has ulcers. It could be a nervous habit...

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    06-25-2013, 01:43 PM
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I just realized the implications this has for all those horses who get SOAKED foods! All that soaked hay, soaked beet pulp, soaked grain, and mashes, just going right through their systems! No wonder they're all SO skinny!


PS - this is not an attack on the OP, but rather just the thoughts I just had about what would happen if drinking water made the food wash throughout the system without being absorbed... Though the LARGE amounts of water after eating and causing colic thing might have some merit to it, but I don't know.
    06-25-2013, 03:31 PM
The horse may find the food more palatable by wetting it.
    06-25-2013, 03:50 PM
My Thoroughbred mare is a hay dunker. I leave her be; it seems like an anxiety thing with her. She has to be doing something constantly, and it certainly keeps her mind occupied.
    06-25-2013, 04:27 PM
water and grain.

Hiya I add water to my grain shought feeds.
It also turns it in to a supe so it is benifishal for the older horse were the horses teeth are deteariating in old age.
As to your answer to wasted nutrition as in wet feeds it helps the digestive system brake it down easyer and adsorbtion in to the gut more easyer.
And the nutrition is 100 % digested as the horse will lick the feed bowl clean.
And it will help to maintain the horse in his later years and in the younger horse as well and keep the top line up as in the winter months it drops off.
The other thing is it also rehydrates the horse as well so its benifishal in two ways.
    06-25-2013, 04:37 PM
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One thing that does occur to me with this feed washing thing is how much of the feed is ending up in the bottom of the water bucket and how much is being swallowed 'un-chewed' with the water?
    06-25-2013, 04:41 PM
food washed through.

To answer jillybeans string.
You give your horse the ocording amounts to sustain a good top line.
As to hay we wet hay as copd dust alagys in the barns so its soaked for a very shought peiriod of time 20 minuits so not to was away the nutreants out of it.
As to feeds and collic I have never had a colic case, I have given my mare wet feeds up until I had her layed to rest that was dew to failure of her hind les as thay were deteariateing.
She looked in the peak of health and her weight and top line was awesome for a mare her age she was 34.
Tricky has continued the same and he is 29 years old and people ask me what and how am I produceing thease results with thease old horses and thay look so good for there age.
    06-25-2013, 07:47 PM
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Even though Dunking is a pain , makes the water nasty fast, some horses insist on doing this. I would wet the grain when you feed it, don't have to saturate it, just wet it some. I agree to have her checked for ulcers and teeth problems.
Darn, I wished drinking water after I eat, or while I eat would wash the food through me !! I drink a 16 oz bottle of water before I eat, and drink one while eating , and I don't lose weight.. ;) Now if a horse wont eat and just drinks, I would say you have a colic .
    06-25-2013, 07:48 PM
Oh I wasn't so concerned as sarcastic lol. My nutrition plan is well thought out and double checked with a vet and other professionals, including my soaked mash. However, soaking hay for 2 hours or so is often common for IR horses (mine may be headed that direction) in order to soak out the sugars. It's then rinsed.
    06-25-2013, 08:04 PM
Your trainer doesn't make sense- people soak their horses grain to make it easier for the horse to digest- I personally know some people who do that to help their horse gain weight. I don't know if it works, but anyway. Don't worry too much about what she said. I agree with farmpony that you should check her teeth, just to be sure.

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