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post #21 of 55 Old 12-17-2009, 02:47 AM
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well i know that alot of lighter coloured horses are prone to getting skin cancer, but the misconception is that they are stalled all of their lives/most of their lives due to this.
Also not out in hot weather, only let out at dark hours, and rather not sunny days etc.
That is why i have posted that.
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For beet pulp, Ive herd that too. But its more a matter of choking. There have been tests on ponies fed beet pulp dry, and none of them exploded. It dosent expand enough at a normal feeding amount, and if you feed enought to expand that much you would be way way over feeding them.
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post #23 of 55 Old 12-17-2009, 12:58 PM
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"grey not actually being a color (it's literally a depigmentation of the hair"

Actually, it's considered by some to be a birth defect! But, yeah, all light colored animals (including humans!) are more apt to get melanoma, and care should be taken...

" It seems the myth of beet pulp has been perpetuated over the years as it causing colic if it's not soaked - that it will swell up in a horses stomach and cause him to die. "
I believe this to be half fact and half myth. Beet pulp DOES expand a lot when soaked in water, so there is some risk of a large amount swelling in the stomach IF the horse had ingested a good quantity of water before eating it. Beet pulp doesn't instantly swell up like those chinese noodles, so by the time it hits the stomach, the acids will decompose it quickly. Yes, that would be a problem with 'bolters', so presoaking it would be a real good idea. Harder to gobble up mash than pellets! My sister feeds beet pulp, and her horses love it. My horse won't touch it.
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post #24 of 55 Old 12-17-2009, 03:43 PM
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Yeah, they've done studies and basically determined it's physically impossible for a horse to ingest enough dry beet pulp for it to swell and cause colic - it simply takes to long for it to expand, and the horse has such a small stomach that it's digested before it can expand. My horse hated sloppy beet pulp, so I'd always add JUST enough water to expand it a little bit to make it nice and palpatable for her, but it basically turned into almost a dry shredded consistancy by morning. I'd definately be more concerned with choke, my Arab was never a bolter but I always felt safer giving her soft beet pulp mixed with her alfalfa pellets to make it all soft and easy to eat.

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post #25 of 55 Old 12-22-2009, 03:02 AM
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MYTH: white hoofs are weaker: they are NOT weaker, since they are white/less pigmentation you can just see the bruise more when they do bump their hoofs.

MYTH (but also a fact): you can tell if a horse is dehydrated by the skin pinch test. i have skin tested my horse on different parts of his body. in some areas it has snapped back (opn his shoulder) in other areas it has stayed "tented" for a couple seconds.

it all depends on where you test. they actually did a study that said the exact same thing.

MYTH: drinking lots water while still hot will cause cold water founder. studies have shown that you should allow your horse to drink his fill after exercise even while hot (exception would be for hard galloping/racing) if you withold water from your horse he might be less likely to drink what he needs later.

i can site sources about the water founder. or look it up by searching water founder or cold water founder on
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Never herd of water founder. Ive herd of it related to colic though.
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post #27 of 55 Old 12-22-2009, 11:01 AM
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One white foot—buy him.
Two white feet—try him.
Three white feet—look well about him.
Four white feet—go without him.

THAT explains why everyone LOVES my palomino mare Molly who is such a sweetheart with her one white correnet however her buckskin son with four little white tootsies is heck on wheels :)

(Kidding... sort of)
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post #28 of 55 Old 12-22-2009, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove View Post
The part about the skin is true. You can do it on a lot of animals, but horses it is really easy to see the results. Well hydrated skin will snap back quickly. You should also test for capillary refill time, etc.

I believe Cribbing and Weaving are learned. They result from boredom. Not sure how much FACT this is though.
Agree with both. The cribbing is a behavioral issue similar to what humans do when they get bored or anxious except we do thinks like bite our nairls, play with our hair etc etc.
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post #29 of 55 Old 12-22-2009, 10:45 PM
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My ferrier mentioned the white hoof myth the other day. He stated do real differance.
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post #30 of 55 Old 12-22-2009, 10:58 PM
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Cribbing is not a learned behavior, that is a MYTH. Your horse will not crib just because the horse next to it does. The horse has to have the genetic mental preset, and it has to be triggered by stress or trauma for it to be acted upon.

Stress could be anything from noise, boredom, lack of sleep, lack of stimulation, the annoying horse next to you, ect.

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