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Old 31-05-2008, 05:17 PM   #11
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it would be VERY interesting in HOW pumpkins can remove sand.
it wouldnt be that the horse is lacking iron in his diet, and is trying get it from the soil ????
and once you start feeding a iron supliment (pumpkin) that he no longer needs to search for this supliment from the soil ???
hay has been PROVEN many times that it is the best sand removal aide.
i hope someone is able to inform me how pumpkin removes sand.
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Old 31-05-2008, 06:10 PM   #12
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Pumpkin is very high in fibre and is recommended for constipation in people and other animals.
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Old 31-05-2008, 06:22 PM   #13
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I can vouch for the pumpkin working with my two. Give them about 500gm in their usual night feed once a week and the next morning you can see the clumps of sand in their manure. I tried the psyllium husk but it didn't work for our girls. They get fed heaps of hay also.
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interesting atlast, i wonder how much pumpkin a human would have to eat before it became a diuretic ??
as i think a horse would need more than 500gms.
interesting concept.
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Do you boil the pumpkin with skin and seeds. Did your horses eat it OK in their feeds, and did they have any problems with a belly ache after?
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Yep boil the pumpkin with seeds and skin, mash it and put it in their normal night feed. They eat it happily and keep going back to lick their feed bins. I found that they had a tummy ache after they had it twice but it was about 4 days later. Ended up getting the vet out and drenching them just to be sure and he said that the pumpkin would have started moving the sand and the movement of the sand was what made them collicky. My two must have had a lot of sand despite getting heaps of hay. I have been told by several horsemen that they feed pumpkin to improve a horse's coat colour as well as aiding in sand removal and have done so for years without any problems.
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Old 31-05-2008, 07:05 PM   #17
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What type of pumpkin, does it matter, butternut, jap, or ironbark?
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I don't think it matters. I was giving Jap to start with but giving butternut lately.
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That's very interesting Happypaint. Sounds like the pumpkin moved the sand. Did the vet have any comments about using pumpkin?
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He didn't have a lot to say about it just that it obviously got the sand moving. He didn't think that the pumpkin itself would have given our filly colic, especially the small amount that we gave each time, more that the movement of the sand was uncomfortable for her. He mainly advised the need for feeding lots of hay (as all vets do) which we do anyway. We just have those wonderful sandy paddocks with all the new grass shoots and I would rather be doing something to try and help shift the sand than not doing anything at all.
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