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post #21 of 36 Old 02-15-2015, 11:36 PM
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Apparently some were getting meat and bone meal and that was one way "mad cow disease" was spread. It was never standard practice and many places legislated against it when it came to light.
forcing many mammal species to become cannibals causes disease, and that was what was causing the mad cow, feeding cattle ground up members of their own species. It was common for a long time.

interestingly their is a human equivalent, which has been documented in several circumstances.

I don't think a horse is made to be an omnivore exactly, but the odd bit of animal protein wont kill them. Pickles will steal cheese burgers any chance she gets.
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Back when I was younger and dumber, I gave one of my horses a piece of chicken nugget just to see if he would eat it. He did. We also gave them dog bones (like milk bones) as treats. Now THAT can't be healthy. But it never did them harm.

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post #23 of 36 Old 02-16-2015, 12:21 AM
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as a teen I had a horse that like bologna and catsup sand which.I have had two horses that would fish the mosquito fish out of the water troughs. They would stand over the trough with whiskers touching and then bob for the fish when they came up.
i saw a documentary and it showed deer, wild horses eating a dead animal, not the smae species.
Mad cow started from feeding cows, dead cows.
I would be concerned about botulism.
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post #24 of 36 Old 02-16-2015, 12:23 AM
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Back when I was younger and dumber, I gave one of my horses a piece of chicken nugget just to see if he would eat it. He did. We also gave them dog bones (like milk bones) as treats. Now THAT can't be healthy. But it never did them harm.
Have you ever read the ingredients in dog treats? It has more vegetable matter than meat by-product. If my horse would eat them, I'd treat her with them - they're a lot less expensive than horse treats!
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I don't think processed meat (aka our food) really counts, it's not the same and they probably can't distinguish.
Yes, I agree that our meat products are mostly light years away from a real dead animal. A couple of people have mentioned their horses liking chicken nuggets, and my thoughts were 'not much meat in them'!

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Sparrows? Ick.
The sparrow was pretty much freeze-dried and I think the quantity of meat on it was negligeable.
But all those feathers . Even the cats leave the wing feathers when they eat sparrows.
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Back when I was younger and dumber, I gave one of my horses a piece of chicken nugget just to see if he would eat it. He did. We also gave them dog bones (like milk bones) as treats. Now THAT can't be healthy. But it never did them harm.
Why? They are mostly grain.
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post #27 of 36 Old 02-16-2015, 08:18 AM
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My Bandit loved going through the drive-through at Burger King. I always bought him a burger and fries. In fact, they got to know him and the cashiers would feed him fries through the window.
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Also nothing new, A century past Irish farmers fed their horses potatoes.
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post #29 of 36 Old 02-16-2015, 08:24 PM
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Have you ever read the ingredients in dog treats? It has more vegetable matter than meat by-product. If my horse would eat them, I'd treat her with them - they're a lot less expensive than horse treats!
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Why? They are mostly grain.
No, we currently don't have a dog and I don't remember checking the ingredients. I know they are probably mostly grain but I guess I assumed they had some source of animal protein in them, or bone meal.

What's interesting, is the horse treats at Tractor Supply. The Dumor brand. I bought my guys a bag of those and as I got to looking at them, I noticed they are shaped like the ends of dog biscuits. So I think they use the same mold, and just cut them short. If you are ever at Tractor Supply, take a look! They are also the consistency of dog biscuits. So maybe I'm feeding dog biscuits now too.

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I was trying to find a picture of the Dumor treats, and apparently they changed their shape. The dog-bone looking one (like I am feeding) is on the right.

Apparently the newest ones are heart-shaped.


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