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Re: [RC] feeding on the ground- a caution - Rae Callaway

Lucky?  After 20 years?  That's not luck, that's just the way things are.  I also live in Texas and have fed hay off the sand in the dry lot for 30 years and I've never had an impaction colic.  I do put grain in buckets, but it rarely stays in the bucket - several of my guys like to toss their food all over the place. 

----- Original Message ----
From: "Sheila_Larsen@xxxxxxx" <Sheila_Larsen@xxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2007 9:54:27 AM
Subject: [RC] feeding on the ground- a caution

Yes feeding on the ground (or with their head down) is a good thing..
However they can ingest sand, decomposed granite, etc.  Yes Amber is lucky
that she hasn't had a problem with colic.  The newest Equus magazine did
have a caution about using tires to contain the hay.  It appears that as
the tire wear through time the bits of metal from the steel belted radial
tires have been known to break off and be ingest causing ulcers/abcesses in
the mouth as the metal works its way through.  They didn't talk about metal
the horse actually may ingest but I assume it could penetrate the
intestines or cause the beginnings of an entrolith.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin


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