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post #641 of 1323 Old 11-06-2015, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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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.
But isnt it easier for them to chew it when its soaked? Sorry dumb question i know.

I only plan on filling the bucket maybe 1/3 if that. Was told she wont gain weight by eating that little.

Yes you bet, short lessons. I usually do max 10-15min lessons.

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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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Only older horse without teeth can't chew the cubes or pellets without soaking. And the they have to be more like a mash.

A young healthy horse should not be a problem chewing them.

And in my opinion, the only dumb question is the unasked question! So no need to apologize to me regarding your questions.
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Only older horse without teeth can't chew the cubes or pellets without soaking. And the they have to be more like a mash.

A young healthy horse should not be a problem chewing them.

And in my opinion, the only dumb question is the unasked question! So no need to apologize to me regarding your questions.
Ok thanks. Good to know. I might try soaking first just to get an idea of how much it expands and see if she prefers them soaked or not.
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I gave my mare another day off yesterday where I didnt even go see her. This is the first time since Ive gotten her where i didnt see her for 2 days in a row. But I did it at the request of another member on here who suggested I give her at least a couple days for her to get settled in with the new herd.

Im going today for my riding lesson and i might or might not handle her today, ill see. 3 days in the herd without her seeing me might be beneficial over 2 days in the herd without seeing me. Thoughts?
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I gave my mare another day off yesterday where I didnt even go see her. This is the first time since Ive gotten her where i didnt see her for 2 days in a row. But I did it at the request of another member on here who suggested I give her at least a couple days for her to get settled in with the new herd.

Im going today for my riding lesson and i might or might not handle her today, ill see. 3 days in the herd without her seeing me might be beneficial over 2 days in the herd without seeing me. Thoughts?
I am quite honestly not understanding the mentality of not seeing her during that time? Taking her out for 30 minutes to groom her or what-have-you isn't, IMHO, going to make a difference.

Maybe someone could explain this reasoning to me?
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A couple of boarders I know have hay bale bags (people use them to bring hay to shows, etc) that they use to bring/store hay I for their horses. They like to feed a timothy mix in addition to the native grass hay that is provided by my barn. They buy the bales one at a time at the local feed store and keep the bale in their car trunks in the hay bag. If you want to be sure she is not missing out on any hay by visiting her during her feeding time, maybe you could do the same so she would have hay. Maybe the BO could be convinced to give you a bale at a time to keep if he knows you are going to feed part of it every day to your mare when she would normally be eating with the other horses. If not, just find hay somewhere else. Just an idea and probably cheaper per pound than pellets or cubes.
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This is 42" X 18" X 16" and costs about $20
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I am quite honestly not understanding the mentality of not seeing her during that time? Taking her out for 30 minutes to groom her or what-have-you isn't, IMHO, going to make a difference.

Maybe someone could explain this reasoning to me?
Yeah, I am with ya'.....

Sorry , hoof pic, but she is a horse, and lives minute to minute, and does NOT know whether you are there or not. Whether you come out 2times a day, two times a week, or two times a month. As long as she has enough to eat, she does not care. You are not distracting her in any way, shape, or form. The horses will still be there when she gets back.
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I am quite honestly not understanding the mentality of not seeing her during that time? Taking her out for 30 minutes to groom her or what-have-you isn't, IMHO, going to make a difference.

Maybe someone could explain this reasoning to me?
Someone on here mentioned that I should leave her alone for a couple days once she was put in the herd full time so she can get comfortable with the herd and get things sorted out.
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Someone on here mentioned that I should leave her alone for a couple days once she was put in the herd full time so she can get comfortable with the herd and get things sorted out.
I think they meant so YOU did not go running out to rescue her if it looked like one of the other horses was being mean....
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