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Old 05-14-2009, 05:03 PM  
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Beer for your horses???????

Ok... So I read in a post that you can give beer to your horses to help them gain weight and keep their coats nice. Is this true? Please share your thoughts!
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I wouldn't! I don't think that horses can burp!
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:18 PM  
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It was recommended, by the vet, for a horse at out barn that is a non sweater.

other then that they like it, I don't know....though hand made beer has a ton of nutrients in it, I am not sure about the cheep stuff

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Old 05-14-2009, 05:23 PM  
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It used to be a "thing" to give horses beer, and it wasn't like a frat boy get 'em drunk thing, but like what trainers did for racehorses in training.

Beer is liquid bread.

I've heard my horses burp, by the way. Dillon let out one heck of a belch once, startled both of us! Burping isn't the same as vomiting, different set of reflexes.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:29 PM  
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My horse definitely has the ability to burp!

I have never given beer to my horses, but I can see how it could be really valuable to their systems.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:31 PM  
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Cleo LOVES beer. She will hold the can (tab removed of course) in her lips and tilt her head up and down it goes.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:35 PM  
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I don't know if it's good for my horse--but I sure like one after riding her!
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Old 05-14-2009, 06:31 PM  
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I have heard of this, it was on the TV but I don't remember WHO was pitching it. They were mixing beer with grain as a special treat/supplement for horses.
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Old 05-14-2009, 06:36 PM  
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Some race horse trainers swear by it..

I know I have had horses that will steal you beer if you aren't looking..
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Old 05-14-2009, 06:36 PM  
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i think i read somewhere that beer helps get rid of colic but im not totally sure if it does or not. And horses do have the ability to burp
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Old 05-14-2009, 06:54 PM  
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I thought this was about the Willie Nelson song "Beer for My Horses"..... Beer actually has a lot of "good things" in it. That's it! It's a health drink!
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Hmmm, never tho't about swilling beer with the horses on a hot day! But that means less for me. Lol
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:17 PM  
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I'm not sure about the "quick weight gain" or "coat health" associated with beer, but it's an excellent addition to any barn fridge, and not soley for those bad days!! It's a surefire colic remedy - we used it overseas (Aus and Hong Kong) nearly exclusively to treat colic. It's got to be flat though, so maybe uncap your LEAST favorite brand for the fridge!!
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We give beer to our horses that do not sweat well and it works..........For some reason Guiness stout works better than anything else, so we have incorporated into our summer program that all of our horses in training get a Guinness Stout in their feed every day, they all sweat much better and eat up much better...........their coats are beautiful and on top of it, they like it!
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dixiesmom: I thought this was about the Willie Nelson song "Beer for My Horses"..... Beer actually has a lot of "good things" in it. That's it! It's a health drink!

I knew there was a good reason why my garage is full of empties

scrapchick: Cleo LOVES beer. She will hold the can (tab removed of course) in her lips and tilt her head up and down it goes.

Now THAT"S my kinda horse
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:12 AM  
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We give beer to our horses that do not sweat well and it works..........For some reason Guiness stout works better than anything else, so we have incorporated into our summer program that all of our horses in training get a Guinness Stout in their feed every day, they all sweat much better and eat up much better...........their coats are beautiful and on top of it, they like it!
Kanoo32: Do you keep the beer refridgerated? Also, do I need to let it go flat or straight out the bottle? Thanks!
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I love this thread! From the swine, not equine department:

My neighbor feeds beer to the occasional mama pig who won't relax and lay down to feed her babies. A bottle of beer seems to take the edge of her anxiety and makes her want to lay down and do nothing (boy does that sound familiar!)
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Jake LOVES beer as well. He thinks he should drink anything I have and will lip the top and turn it up (just like cleo)
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My neighbor feeds beer to the occasional mama pig who won't relax and lay down to feed her babies. A bottle of beer seems to take the edge of her anxiety and makes her want to lay down and do nothing (boy does that sound familiar!)

I am sure the babies love the tastey milk and take anice siesta too after nursing

Me and hubby don't drink beer so I cant say if my horses like it or not !!
Seems my horses are missing something good !!!

I could not imagine it wouldn't take too much to get my mini to fall over since he is a little "top" heavy to begin with "Help, Ive fallen and I can't get up" Oh my the visions are cracking me up
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One of my horses LOVES beer, and I'm sure he'd really love it in his food dish. Hubby thinks its soooo funny to show guests how Senator drinks beer.....but when Sen starts coming to the door looking for more, I somehow don't think Hubby would be so willing to share.
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