Quidding (“dropping feed”/ “balling hay”)
It is well known that horses who have significant dental disease (such as missing teeth) struggle to chew hay. It often balls up and falls back out in tufts (known as quidding) or poses a significant choke risk.
The fibre length in our cubes is reduced (but longer than chaff) meaning that horses can chew them easier, and quidding is decreased. In addition, the cubes can be soaked in water to reduce the risk of choke even further. A simple ratio of 1:1 water:cubes will soften and expand the cubes.
Caries (Equine dental decay)
These days equine dental decay (known as caries) is on the rise, and this is often secondary to high sugar feeds. If your horse has been diagnosed with caries your dental Veterinarian will recommend low sugar feeds.
The good news is that our cubes also have a low sugar blend – ‘Lucerne & Teff’. This blend is extremely palatable, which allows your horse to enjoy their hay even if they need to limit their sugar intake.
A common struggle for those horses with dental disease is their weight. Horses with reduced chewing ability often struggle to gain weight, and this can be commonly attributed to their decreased fibre diet. By providing your horses with hay cubes you are helping them meet their fibre requirements, which in turn promotes gut health and nutrient absorption.
Any horse that suffers from dental disease, or struggles to eat is recommended to have regular visits from your Veterinarian and Equine Dentist.