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minihorse927 12-04-2008 01:48 AM

Soaking feed
Well, I am at a delimma. I have very limited choices for having my 17 y/o mustangs teeth floated right now as they need to be. The one vet that does it I refuse to use due to bad experinces and the other one has a month waiting period for me to be able to bring her in and have them done. There is one other guy, but he will only come to the house and wants..get this...$300.00! The vet wants $50 if I take her there!

I have thought about soaking her feed and decided to try it tonight and see how it went. She has been dropping quite a bit of it and she started to loose some of her weight on her topline, not severe amounts, but enough you could almost start to see the outline of a rib or two. She started slobbering heavily also. She is on a ration balancer right now and also being fed strongid c daily dewormer in her feed.

I went ahead and soaked it and let it sit for amount 10 minutes and it turned into mush nice and quick. I served it to her and man was that a nasty, nasty look. She threw the first mouthful at me and covered me in it. Then she started to eat it and I think she actually realized she liked it better that way then in the pellets. I knew she was dropping feed, but I never noticed how much she really dropped until tonight when she dropped the soaked stuff. She dropped probably a quarter of it but she ate it right off the stall mat in the front of her stall, so at least I know she is able to eat all of her feed now instead of those little pellets getting lost in the shavings. She eats her hay fine from what I can see but was thinking of adding some timothy pellets to her feed also if I can find someone locally who sells them. Everyone has alfalfa pellets and with the ration balancer I am feeding I can not feed alfalfa at all.

I just basically was wanting to know if this sounds like a good idea to do until her teeth can be floated and if anyone thinks adding timothy pellets is a good idea to help make sure she is getting enough fiber into her diet that she can actually eat. Like I said she seems to eat hay fine, I never find any left in the stall and she eats it happily, just seems the pellets bothered her before. I have never dealt with a older horse that seemed to drop weight so quick and was basically looking for advice to hold her over until the vet can see her.
Suggestions greatly appreciated

Midwest Paint 12-04-2008 04:18 AM

Sounds like you are doing absolutely fine, especially with the situation you are dealt.

You noticed what area you are losing weight in and the problem as to why, and have started to correct it with the alteration to your feeding problem.Unfortunately the rough thing is time.. You wont see the change until around the time you can get yours in for floating, and by then you can go back to a more solid diet, but there ahould be some build up prior to it. Just how much is going to be the question! LOL!

Good job!

Farm mom 12-04-2008 10:05 AM

I have a mare that is 22 yrs old and is notorious for dropping her grain. She gets her teeth done every year on a regular schedule. So, what I did was buy her a feedbag. I put it on her at feeding time and take it off when she's done. No Waste.

Peggysue 12-04-2008 10:29 AM

i fthe teeth are that bad add some soaked beet pulp or alfalfa pellets to the mix as well , you can also add rice bran,BOSS or Flax to help with the weight FOR NOW... if teeth are that bad chances are she iss getting very little if any use from her hay

G and K's Mom 12-04-2008 03:47 PM

What about soaking some timothy cubes. This is just me, but I like to keep them on the longest forage I can for as long as I can. Keeps the gut moving all that much better.

MrsB 12-04-2008 04:46 PM

Quick question?
What are Timothy cubes?

zanytactics 12-04-2008 05:20 PM

I completely agree with PeggySue. Traditional feeding methods are very overrated and bad for equine friends. I myself have taken my horses off all forms of sugar. I now feel like a scientist making sure my horses get what they really need.

It's good to see people taking an active measure in what they put into there horses' body.

minihorse927 12-04-2008 06:05 PM

I am already feeding a ration balancer, so no sugar for my horsies! The alfalfa cubes/pellets are a no no for the ration balancer I am feeding because of the nutrtional levels in it, if I want to feed alfalfa then I have to change ration balancers. Timothy cubes/pellets are timothy hay made into pellets/cubes. In my area I have found that NO ONE carries them! It kinda makes me mad. I thought about beet pulp but I need to call the nutrionalist lady that works for this feed company and see if I can feed it with the ration balancer.

luvs2ride1979 12-04-2008 06:46 PM

What RB are you feeding? With most you can feed up to 8lbs of Alfalfa a day without upsetting the balance.

Timothy Hay pellets or cubes are another good option, or Alfalafa/Bermuda pellets. Add to her "soup" and let soak for 20-30 minutes, or until mushy.

To put some weight back on her, add a fat source for a while like corn oil, rice bran, or flax meal or oil. Fortified wheat germ oil is good too. Feed up to 2 cups of oil, up to 2 lbs of rice bran, or up to 1 cup of flax meal (6 oz by weight).

Once you get her teeth done, add some plain whole oats to her diet to help keep her teeth in good shape. I do this with my horses and the vet says they can go to 18-24 months with how they've been wearing (they got floated every 12 months before). I give 1/2 of a 2qt feed scoop of whole oats a day, so not much (about 1 lb).

minihorse927 12-04-2008 06:54 PM

she is on tribute essential k which from what I have learned is the same formula as the OLD buckeye gro'n'win. If I find out I can feed alfalfa with it then I will use alfalfa. I have nothing against alfalfa just told I could not feed it.

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