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hi! I'm considering putting a rabon fly block (a big block that looks like a ...
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    rabon fly block.....

    hi! I'm considering putting a rabon fly block (a big block that looks like a molasses block) out for my horses to lick. I have two main reasons. one, to help reduce the fly eggs in their manure, since their paddock is quite small. and two, to help keep them (especially ONE) occupied and perhaps in hopes to keep one mare from chewing on my wood fence.

    I know that they are supposed to have a limited intake of it (like, 2 ounces a day, or something like that), but I was wondering if it is bad to just leave it out in the pen? one block lasts about 2 weeks for my two horses. is that bad???

    sorry if I sound like a dummy here, but thanks for any help/advice you can give.

    --tara

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    Is it a molasses block? I bought something similar once. Called SweetLix, it's a feed through fly control block (made mainly out of molasses). I put it out in the horse area, where our salt block goes. Usually for my 4 horses a salt block will last about a month.

    My 8 year old National Show Horse mare is foundered and can't have anything sweet. I wasn't even thinking about that, I read the ingredients and didn't notice anything about molasses. When I went out to feed the next morning she was LAME! Just like that! She must have licked it all night! I took the block out and called the vet. It was laminitis. That bout I almost lost her. We were within a week of putting her down when she slowly started getting better.

    A friend of mine also bought a few of those. Their foundered mare also went into another bout of laminitis, but they never connected it to the block. When they told me about it I told them about my mare. They got rid of the block and she stopped getting worse.
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    oh my goodness! how scary!! I didn't even think that it could possibly cause founder! oh my.....I'm glad your mare got better, though, what a relief!

    I think that it *is* Sweetlix. a salt block for my two mares lasts longer than the Sweetlix does. maybe I will just put it out there for a couple hours a day, instead of just letting it be there all day.....

    thanks for your input, Appylvr.

    any other thoughts?

    --tara

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    I think the only reason our two mares had problems with it was because they had foundered before. If your horses haven't, then you probably won't have a problem, but I think it's a good idea to restrict their access to it. When you bought it did it show a picture of a mare and foal using it? And say it's safe for even foals?
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    It depends. If you have a horse who will sit and EAT it in one sitting, don't use them. But if the horse will just munch on it occasionally, use it.

    Be aware that too much can cause your horse to be sick.
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    thanks for your replys, guys. I've given them the blocks before, probably 3 of them over the last year. I've always just pretty much left it in the pen and they'd lick it, the two of them having it gone in about 2-3 weeks. so perhaps if they haven't gotten sick yet, it would be okay? I'll look into it a little more, but perhaps I'll just put it in their pen for a couple hours a day.

    thanks for your input.

    --tara

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    Isn't rabon the main chemical in Equitrol, the one that's having a bunch of problems with horses being fed it? I know of someone personally who had huge problems with it.
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    hmm! I will have to look into that!! I'll do my research first. thanks.

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