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post #631 of 1323 Old 11-06-2015, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Mine is so he has something to nibble on when my BO brings the herd in to eat twice a day. I tinker with his diet through the year for various reasons. No need to go into all that.

The only reason I mentioned the pellets was you had stated she doesn't like being messed with when eating. By using a small snack size amount of pellets you can train her to accept being groomed while eating.
I guess everyone will have different opinions on where they stand about disrupting horses while theyre eating hay.

I know my previous trainer swears by the bible to NOT disrupt a horse when eating and just let the have their dinner, left alone.

Im going to pick up the pellets tomorow.

I still would like to bring her into the roundpen with the bucket of hay pellets and not let her eat them until she doesnt approach me and stands quietly.
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I think that is a good idea. The leader controls the food and water.
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Called around everywhere here and no one has hay pellets, only cubes. Is the cubes really that bad?

The lady said yoy jist need to soak them longer (45-60mins vs 30 for pellets) and says not to feed either unsoaked.

I have no choice but to get cubes
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Your mare is young and will probably have no problem with up soaked cubes. We always used alfalfa cubes as "cookies".....feed them from your hand at first, so she doesn't bolt them down.
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Called around everywhere here and no one has hay pellets, only cubes. Is the cubes really that bad?

The lady said yoy jist need to soak them longer (45-60mins vs 30 for pellets) and says not to feed either unsoaked.

I have no choice but to get cubes
Either cubes or pellets I don't soak. I use either one when we go packing and they are fed dry. I do offer water before feeding and right after.
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Ok thanks. But how is it that horses choke over the cubes? Do they eat them too fast?

Doesnt water expand them?

is it true that if you soak them you need to do it for 45-60mins? Wow, so much for me feeding her it when I get to the barn lol. Have to let it soak for 45-60mins first.
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Talking about a bucket of pellets makes me think about giving way too much/many pellets or cubes.

Either will expand greatly after they are eaten, so there is a need to give only small amounts. Or soak thoroughly so you can judge the volume better.

Soaking in hot water expands them quicker than cold. I found that cubes finish soaking much sooner than pellets do.

I had to feed them to a gelding with a tumor in his mouth for a couple of months, so have some experience with them.

Cubes soaked up all they could of hot water in less than an hour.

Pellets would soak up a greater quantity of water, however, if then added more water would continue to expand.
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Talking about a bucket of pellets makes me think about giving way too much/many pellets or cubes.

Either will expand greatly after they are eaten, so there is a need to give only small amounts. Or soak thoroughly so you can judge the volume better.

Soaking in hot water expands them quicker than cold. I found that cubes finish soaking much sooner than pellets do.

I had to feed them to a gelding with a tumor in his mouth for a couple of months, so have some experience with them.

Cubes soaked up all they could of hot water in less than an hour.

Pellets would soak up a greater quantity of water, however, if then added more water would continue to expand.
Ok thanks. The only thing is that at the new barn, we dont have a wash rack so we have to take water from the hose and its ice cold. Unless I brought warm-hot water with me every time but that would be a bit of a PITA but its doable if i need to do it.

Good to hear that cubes is okay then, I was a bit worried.

I will be giving her only a small amount every time. So this stuff is pretty much like them eating grass?
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You don have to soak either. The horse that chocked on cubes was a gulper when he ate. After that the owner broke them up and put a big rock in his feed bucket so he could gulp his food quickly.

If your mare is getting plenty of hay out in the pasture, I think a bucket of either would be to much. All you want to do is teach her she must be polite while you are handling food. And remember, short lessons are better than marathon lessons.
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Ok thanks. The only thing is that at the new barn, we dont have a wash rack so we have to take water from the hose and its ice cold. Unless I brought warm-hot water with me every time but that would be a bit of a PITA but its doable if i need to do it.

Good to hear that cubes is okay then, I was a bit worried.

I will be giving her only a small amount every time. So this stuff is pretty much like them eating grass?
I bought an electric tea kettle. Heats water to boiling in less than five minutes.

You could also look into the Triple Crown low starch forages. It is a chopped hay, that has vitamins and minerals in it.
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