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Horse Finishes Likit in less than 3 days?!?!

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  • Horse Finishes Likit in less than 3 days?!?!

    I recently moved my horse to a new barn and the stall that he got had a likit holder in it so I figured I would just put a likit in it for my horse. I put it in on Sunday (he immediately started licking it and sort of biting at it) and when I came to ride him on Weds evening it was completely gone.

    Is that bad for him? Should I forgo getting him a second one? I liked the idea of it because he can be a bit bored in this stall (rips his blankets, wil paw some) but it doesn't seem to me that it is healthy for him to eat a block of sugar in 2 days. Thoughts? Any ideas on how to slow down likit consumption? TIA!

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    How do you have it hung?

    I like the hanging ones and hang it in the middle of the stall so they can't just press it against the wall and eat it, it will take them longer and provides a lot more entertainment.

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      We used to give them to our horses. The pony would eat it in a matter of hours. She would bite off huge chunks and eat them. No licking for her! Even if we hung it in the middle of her shelter she would manage to get the thing in her mouth. She never had any bad reactions from her gluttony but it made me nervous so I stopped getting them. We even tried the Hanging Balls, because they are harder, but it was the same story. The girl loves her sweets.

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      • #4
        My horse got good at balancing on his face and cracking them in half. He mainly did this with the molasses flavor, so I no longer got that flavor. For his apple I also switched to the uncle jimmy balls likit because they are harder and he can't break them plus at this new barn there was no real good place to hang it. It needed to be hard he couldn't crack it.
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        So anyway I am a cat lover
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          Is that bad for him? Should I forgo getting him a second one? I liked the idea of it because he can be a bit bored in this stall (rips his blankets, wil paw some) but it doesn't seem to me that it is healthy for him to eat a block of sugar in 2 days. Thoughts? Any ideas on how to slow down likit consumption? TIA!
          I'd rather give them some hay in a small-hole net than a big chunk of sugar, or turn them out more. If he must have one, hang it so he can't pin it up against something and devour it.
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          • #6
            Occasionally for horse shows in summer I will get the sugar-free electrolyte one. Other than that, I don't think they're healthy.

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            • #7
              Likits don't last long at all. 3 days sounds about right, even in the dead of winter when they are frozen.

              My horse isn't allowed horsey crack anymore. He does get one Uncle Jimmy ball for Christmas (also only appropriate when frozen) and I put up with the sticky face for as long as I can.
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              • #8
                3 days? That would be an extremely long time for one of my guys -- he'd have it gone in 3 hours, if not 30 minutes! Over 3 days wouldn't concern me, but eating it all in one day might be a little much. For that horse, I got really mean and used to hang the lik-it holder on the OUTSIDE of his stall bars, so he had to lick out between the bars. I think people at the barn thought I was crazy (look at that stupid lady, hanging it on the outside of the stall!), but it slowed him down. He'd still get it eaten in a matter of days even with it hung like that.

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                • #9
                  I don't know about y'all's horses, but Likits and Uncle Jimmys' balls make one of my horses VERY ANGRY. He's been on stall rest A LOT this past 18 months, and I gave up using them . . . they did keep him occupied, but not in a healthy and productive way. More like seething with anger.
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                  • #10
                    I second small hole hay net. I am a big fan of freedom feeders, info here.

                    This was used on a horse who could crack them in half and eat them in about 5 minutes. ew. can't be good for them. small hole hay nets are great for bored horses, fat horses, ulcery horses, IR horses, etc.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                      I don't know about y'all's horses, but Likits and Uncle Jimmys' balls make one of my horses VERY ANGRY. He's been on stall rest A LOT this past 18 months, and I gave up using them . . . they did keep him occupied, but not in a healthy and productive way. More like seething with anger.
                      deltawave- i think my horse would self implode if left in for 18 months...

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                      • #12
                        Don't they make likit fillers from himalayan salt? Maybe one of those would be better than the sweet ones. He'd still have something to play with in his stall but wouldn't be constantly eating it.
                        I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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                        • #13
                          My boy eats them in less than 5 minutes no matter where they are hung. He would get one a month. I started giving him the Uncle Jimmies one and it takes him more than a week to finish!!!!

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                            deltawave- i think my horse would self implode if left in for 18 months.
                            Not 18 months straight! Two separate injuries over an 18 month period.
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                              My horse has also mastered the biting chunks off method. I get him one at the beginning of the week during the summer horse shows to keep him occupied while he gets used to no turnout, but I sure wish they lasted longer than an hour!

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                              • #16
                                Our two horses wouldn't have anything to do with the hanging likits.

                                The BO's horse would push it again the side of the wall and eat it in a couple of hours! She would hang it in the center of the stall opening too!

                                How about punching small holes in an empty, cleaned out oil gallon jug and putting in some of his supper or breakface? then hang it and watch the fun!

                                Now my horse liked that idea much better! LOL

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