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feeding chickpea's to horses [message #2200476] Sat, 05 March 2011 08:57 Go to next message
  sambucca1  
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Hi all,

just wondering if it is safe to feed small amounts of chickpea's to horses?
was looking around our farm at what i can feed to lower my feed bill and hubby asked about chickpea's as we have about 20 tonnes that due to being wet before harvest cracked and lost weight so we (along with everyone else in our area) are having trouble finding a buyer.
they are not mouldy or smelly at all and apart from being cracked are very normal and have been stored in a field bin.
so my question is, is it safe to feed chickpea's to horses? They currently are on a diet of lucerne chaff, oats, supplement and the foal on the above plus a bit of growtorque. All have ad lib pasture hay via a roll in their paddock.
does anyone know approximate feed value of chickpea's and how you would prepare them, would you soak, feed whole or crack them?
Re: feeding chickpea's to horses [message #2200572 is a reply to message #2200476 ] Sat, 05 March 2011 10:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  honeyjoy  
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Found some info here Smile

http://ressources.ciheam.org/om/pdf/a09/91605019.pdf

(try searching as garbanzo beans) Smile
Re: feeding chickpea's to horses [message #2200591 is a reply to message #2200572 ] Sat, 05 March 2011 10:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
  Equissage.Melbourne  is currently offline Equissage.Melbourne  
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Re: feeding chickpea's to horses [message #2200767 is a reply to message #2200476 ] Sat, 05 March 2011 14:07 Go to previous message
  Follyfoot  is currently offline Follyfoot  
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You could feed them as for Lupins, however be careful if they were inoculated and I'd feed them cracked.

Regardless, I would introduce them slowly and prob not to the foal.

Monitor them for say 14 days without changing a thing and if all is well then increase quantity if desired.

Couldn't find exact values atm but I'd assume any pulse equivalent would be ballpark.

Good luck, it would be a great way to use up that 20 tonnes Shocked
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