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Dropping Chewed Feed or Hay Balls, Quidding

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    Quids are chewed feed balls which are dropped out of a horse’s mouth. Quidding is the act of dropping these feed balls.

    This is a common observation in horses with significant dental disease, especially in older horses with advanced dental problems. Quidding can also occur in horses that have difficulty chewing or swallowing for other reasons.


    Offer a small amount of feed and carefully watch what happens. Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), and assess their mouth (wear gloves), looking for anything abnormal. Consider whether anything has changed in the diet that might account for the change. Share your findings and concerns with your vet.


    Your vet will perform a careful evaluation of the horse’s mouth, looking particularly for loose teeth, missing teeth and periodontal disease. Once that has been done, a dental and nutritional management plan may be formulated.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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