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Old 30-12-2010, 01:47 PM   #11
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Thanks Eoroe, So is Barley Grass a safe feed? besides the grass seed problem, it's not toxic or anything is it?

Bought some tweezers at lunchtime so I am armed this afternoon when I go and see her.
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Thanks Eoroe, So is Barley Grass a safe feed? besides the grass seed problem, it's not toxic or anything is it?

Bought some tweezers at lunchtime so I am armed this afternoon when I go and see her.
naaahhh its fine - not toxic at all mine live half the year on it, its lovely when its green, quite possible a very well balance roughage feed. Its just a pain in the but.........mouth....trouser leg - the damm stuff gets everywhere!
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ok. that's ok then. Thank you.
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If you can post a photo I could tell you if it was barley or wheat?

Both barley and wheat have spikes or beards. However there are some varieties of wheat that are beardless and much more suited to hay for horses.

Some horses seem to be affected, and others don't get anything stuck at all from my experience. Not sure why this is though.
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Agreed - some horses are bothered and some not at all. Its only a problem when its dry - when its green and soft it is usually fine.

Just hose her mouth out regularly, and make sure to check under her tongue, and the inside of the cheeks.
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I don't think we have noticed it before because this is the first time a bale (export size) has been put in the paddock for them to eat as they want it. Therefore it has become even more dry from sitting in the sun.

I don't want to inconvenience the place I keep her, I don't want my horse to have a sore mouth either.
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I had this issue many years ago with my horses, fed out meadow hay with barley mixture in it one night and next morning found three of the horses had compacted hay stuck between the gums and teeth with their gums, lips and tongue swollen looking very miserable. I had to scrap, pick out the hay, then flush out with hose and had to give antibiotics to each to fight of possible infection. The horses didn't start eating for at least two to three days and it was a week before they could be put back into work.

So I now avoid hay which is wheat or barley that still has "Scabbed" (bearded) seed heads on it.
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