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#1 LOVEmyMustang98

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:28 PM

Hi, i recently adopted a 4 year old BLM Mustang Gelding after not owning a horse in 10 years. Hes a GREAT little guy and we love him to pieces. Since it has been so long, I was wondering what horses can and cant eat? I do not want to feed him anything unsafe/harmful.
If someone could please tell me that would be great!
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:45 PM

grass hay, pelleted feed, alfalfa i know most dont feed it but thats pretty much all that we get here.im sure others can be more helpful.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:54 PM

Thanks! Im asking more of what treats they can have, like fruits, vegies, ect. What they can and cant have. But thanks again amyways! :)
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:23 AM

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:42 AM

I don't mean to sound nasty, nor trying to be mean, but, you adopted a 4 yr old mustang, and you are asking what kind of treats you can and cannot feed a horse? Seriously? Do you know how that makes you sound?
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

As far as treats go my mustangs get apple flavored wafers (Horse treats) or a handfull of grain. :)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

Mudder, down girl, down. :winking:



Seriously tho WR!! I mean really!! Homework people...homework...someone....somewhere ....didn't think that one thru to the end Posted Image
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:12 PM

I think she just worded it badly (asking about what horses can eat in general rather than specifying treats). At least she's asking instead of just feeding whatever and hoping for the best.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:58 AM

Seriously tho WR!! I mean really!! Homework people...homework...someone....somewhere ....didn't think that one thru to the end Posted Image


I get your point, Mudder. :huggy: Just poking at you a bit. :crazy:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

I think she just worded it badly (asking about what horses can eat in general rather than specifying treats). At least she's asking instead of just feeding whatever and hoping for the best.


Doesn't matter to me how it was worded, it tells me someone didn't educate themselves before taking on the responsibility of a horse. That's all I'm saying, nothing more.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

Doesn't matter to me how it was worded, it tells me someone didn't educate themselves before taking on the responsibility of a horse. That's all I'm saying, nothing more.

I get what you're saying. What I'm saying is that it's not as though she thinks horses eat hamburger instead of hay, you know? There are a lot more important things to know than what treats horses can have (assuming you're not feeding any treats until you know). You know? :winking:



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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

What I'm saying is that it's not as though she thinks horses eat hamburger instead of hay, you know?


I had a horse that used to try to steal my tuna sandwiches if I made the mistake of having one within reach. They'll eat some WEIRD stuff if you let them!!

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

I think there have been several threads on horse treats before, posted by people who have horses... :confused0024:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

Thank you everyone! (except mudder) I really appreciate it! :)


Mudder, i DO HAVE experience with horses and i did do ALOT of research before getting one again. Even though hes is only 4 years old and a Mustang he is PERFECT for us. I do know what i am doing and DO NOT appreciate you saying that i dont. I was just asking what type of treats, i dont wanna feed him anything harmful! He is our baby and we love him to pieces and he is getting GREAT care. I also did do TONS of research what they can and cant eat to REFRESH my memory. I just wanted to see if people here had any other things i might need to know. If you are not going to help me in any way then please DO NOT comment/reply on my posts. Because clearly you are being rude and are no help at all.

But thanks again to all the others!! :)
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:57 PM

IN REPLY TO THIS RUDE COMMENT:

I don't mean to sound nasty, nor trying to be mean, but, you adopted a 4 yr old mustang, and you are asking what kind of treats you can and cannot feed a horse? Seriously? Do you know how that makes you sound?


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I am not trying to be mean but...Mudder, i DO HAVE experience with horses and i did do ALOT of research before getting one again. Even though hes is only 4 years old and a Mustang he is PERFECT for us. I do know what i am doing and DO NOT appreciate you saying that i dont. I was just asking what type of treats, i dont wanna feed him anything harmful! He is our baby and we love him to pieces and he is getting GREAT care. I also did do TONS of research what they can and cant eat to REFRESH my memory. I just wanted to see if people here had any other things i might need to know. If you are not going to help me in any way then please DO NOT comment/reply on my posts. Because clearly you are being rude and are no help at all. Again, i am not trying to be mean...but really? You could have said it ALOT nicer.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:01 PM

I especially thank... Partners Lady and Kina Kat!! You guys helped me alot as to REFRESH my memory! :)



See that Mudder? I said..."REFRESH my memory"
So i DO know what I am doing owning a horse. I am not trying to be mean but, all your comments were VERY rude.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:07 PM

I'm never rude....I'm just straight forward. Posted Image Posted Image Don't tell me what I can and cannot reply to. If you don't like my replies then don't read them, or just ignore them. And yes, perhaps I could have said it nicer, I usually do, but, I'm not feeling very nice right now...perhaps tomorrow. Posted Image

ETA: this is gonna be rude: this is a horse, not a lap dog or your baby, you might wanna treat it as such....just sayin

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:05 AM

Love- try not to take Mudder's responses too personally. She only has the best interest of the horses at heart. I have to admit that I thought the same things while reading your post. Please forgive our assumptions, but over the internet we have no way of knowing what "horse experience" 10 years ago means. It could mean that you managed a boarding facility for 30 years and then took a break. It could also mean that you took lessons once a week for a few years. It could also mean that you groomed horses at a rescue 10 years ago, recently watched two hours of Parelli, and up and decided to go get yourself a 4 year old mustang so you could train it and bond with it yourself. We really have no way of knowing. It is sad to say, but it is far more often one of the later two of these senarios that leads someone re-entering the horse world to get a young BLM mustang. If you can see what terribly wrong with these situations then I hope you can understand why some would be concerned.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:21 AM

My horse if FULLY TRAINED for your information and is AMAZING at pretty much everything. So what if he is only 4 and a mustang. And yes Mudder you were rude, very rude. And theres absolutely NOTHING wrong with treating a horse like your baby! That just means he is getting TONS OF LOVE AND TONS OF ATTENTION AND CARE. We take GREAT care of him and every one that sees him says the same thing, whether they know us or not. Maybe you should try giving your horse(s) a little more love Mudder, you will get back alot more great things in return from them.

And if you dont know me in real life i suggest you back off, because you have NO IDEA what he looks like, who he is, or who i am. And it is VERY VERY RUDE to judge someone that you dont even know!
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:25 AM

All i wanted was a little help! I had no idea people were gonna be so rude as to criticise how i take care of my horse, what i am doing, and who i am as a person when they dont even know me or my horse.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:26 AM

All i wanted was a little help! I had no idea people were gonna be so rude as to criticise how i take care of my horse, what i am doing, and who i am as a person when they dont even know me or my horse.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:55 AM

-sigh- :bang_head: Is all I'm saying. (not at Mudder)

Also,you should have had a shelter up for your horse before you got him. I know times are tough and running out of money is no fun,but these things come BEFORE treats and tack. (in replying to your other thread) but in the meantime give him extra hay should help.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:22 AM

All i wanted was a little help! I had no idea people were gonna be so rude as to criticise how i take care of my horse, what i am doing, and who i am as a person when they dont even know me or my horse.


OK, I didn't reply to this thread when I first saw it, and now I wish I had. LMM, relax. It's OK. Being all defensive just shunts this thread into train wreck territory.

Look, people aren't psychic. No one here knows who you are. All they saw was a post that was poorly phrased (by asking about "horse foods" and what they eat, it reads as though you're asking what to feed your horse on a regular basis, day to day, as his main diet. If you had been more specific, say, asking about treats only, then it wouldn't have worried people, and you'd have no need to be defensive).

Being mad because people read what you posted and take it on face value is sorta silly. :)

All that said, may I ask exactly what your horse experience is? You've said you're experienced but not what that experience is exactly. This is not to belittle you or anything, it's so WE know how to respond to your questions. If we know that you've owned horses for most of your life or ran a boarding stable, we will respond to you differently than if you took lessons as a kid but never owned one before. If we know what your skill set actually is, then we can help you expand it without offending you. Remember that many horse people are blunt, and concerned first and foremost with the welfare of the animal (over and above the feelings of the owner). If you are not clear, and phrase things like the title of this thread is phrased, then people are going to be concerned - not because they're rude but because it pings the "inexperienced person" radar, and no one wants you to get in over your head or have problems.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:27 AM

ehhhh... all i can say is that Mdder seems nicer and nicer, not to mention smarter and smarter with every reply the op comes with....

good luck with that! :smileywavey:
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

wow.. i didnt find mudders response mean, truthful and blunt, yes.. but not mean..

first off, WHY does the horse need treats? why not hand graze the horse in some nice deep grass instead of thinking about hand feeding... treats often create pushy & mouthy horses that quickly become disrespectful when it comes to staying out of your space, unless you really make them tow the line(which most "treaters" dont), and even then they become pocket sniffers, then small nudges which can QUICKLY turn into pushing you around with their head when they want treats if not kept in check..... giving treats to horses is mostly a "feel good thing" for the owner and proves no real "benefit" to the horse other than giving them something good to eat, so they will search for some more next time they want some which is where teh danger lies if the horse is let to get away with small amounts of disrespectful behavior, it quickly snowballs and the owner doesnt realize it until its a big deal... (ive seen way to many "regularly treated" horses be pushy and disrespectful)

to each their own with the treat thing... mine get "treats" in other ways/forms than hand feeding.

and secondly... "a fully trained 4yo", right... your idea of broke and mine are very different... choice of words in certain situations often indicate experience level. dont be suprized if your called on things around here until people get to know you.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

I want to hug it and kiss it, and snuggle it, and buy lots of life/liability insurance.....Posted Image Ya, I'm not feeling real nice today either. Sorry. Posted Image
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

You keep right on loving that horse! Snuggle and smooch on him and feed him TONS of treats.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

Alright everyone i get it! Sheesh! I have owned MANY horses in my past and my daughter used to show hunter jumping. We got out of horses and then we just now started to get into things again. And YES even though he is a 4 year old mustang he is FULLY BROKE! I made sure of that and had our horse trainer come with us to look at/ride him. She said he was amazing and for us to buy him now. She could not believe how gentle and FULLY BROKE he was already. And we dont have open green pastures for him to graze on, so we give him treats every once in awhile. Like after every ride. And our trainer said there is nothing wrong with that. And IM SORRY i didnt have money for a shelter and didnt buy one before we got him. We had bought him, had the fence done then, and then ran out of money. Plus he is a BLM mustang. So he was wild only 2 years ago and is used to these weathers. He is at our house so if the weather gets like that again we go out in the middle of the night and give him a little extra food to keep him warm. and we are actually moving to a place that has 15 acres of open green pastures and a 7 stall barn. So people please back off unless you are helping me answer the questions in a KIND AND FRIENDLY way. I do not want to be critisised, its hurts my feelings alot.


This is ridiculous! I thought people were going to be nice and friendly and help me without critising the care of my horse.

Thanks alot, now my feelings are hurt everyone.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

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He actually does alot better on rides when we give him affection. So please back off. You are hurting my feelings alot by critisising how i take care of my horse.
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