Peeing on hay and pawing?!
I have a 1 year old bay Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse gelding....everytime at feeding time he waits patiently by the fence for his 1 scoop of Mule City sweet feed with corn and 1 scoop of pelleted beet pulp with molasses...as I'm putting his bucket over the fence he always pins his ears back, then he starts pawing....he does this the whole time he's eating his grain....then when he eventually finishes his grain, he digs his hay like a dog and goes over to my 1 year old black/white Spotted Saddle Horse filly's hay and pees on it, and then takes a few bites and goes back to his hay...I don't know why he's doing this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated:D
Sounds like he's making sure the filly knows who's boss. Can you seperate them at feeding time? How long ago was he gelded?
My horse pees in his hay cause he doesn't like splashing himself. He will also find a really long patch of grass for the same reason.
He was gelded at 5 mos. old, he'll be 2 on August 6th.....We stand at the fence to make sure he doesn't run her off and steal her grain and usually he knows better if we're standing there watching....but for some reason just on that day she had finished her grain and he decided to go over and pin his ears at her and run her off, then he peed in the middle of her two flakes of hay and even ate some of it...then he went back to his...I've heard a few people say on other sites, that some horses might do it because they want to claim it as theirs and it makes the other horse not want to eat it..
The ear pinning and pawing are two signs of ulcers ... which can be flaring up when eating the sweet feed...
the peeing on the hay is marking it as his and showing his dominence(sp)
How do you get rid of an ulcer? Would pelleted feed be better to feed than sweet feed....on a lot of pelleted feeds I see that the protein amount is a little higher than what's recommended for a horse and I've heard that too much protein isn't good for a horse, I've heard it can make them more susceptible to diseases and maybe give them kidney stones and other things like that...
what are you feeding NOW an dhow much lbs wise??
To help PREVENT ulcers remove all grain products from diet allow free choice access to hay ...
the % really doesn't mean that much
6lbs of 12% is .72 lbs of protein
1lb of 32% is .32lbs of protein
does that make sense??
so if you can feed LESS of a higher nutrition lower NSC feed you are better off then a feed with lower nutrition at higher feed levels
the form of the feed does not make it NOT sweet I ahve seen pellets thur the roof in sugars and starches and textured feeds fairly low...
Pellets are easier to digest then textured feeds
Extruded is the easiest of all IF you can find one...
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