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    08-17-2012, 08:34 AM

I've just recieved the Chasteberry that I ordered to give my gelding with cushings. Opened the package, and boy is it strong smelling, which worried me that he wouldn't touch it.
I was right he wouldn't touch his feed, mixed it all up to try and cover the smell, he wasn't impressed, he turned his nose up and walked away from a full meal.
Who on here is giving their horse Chasteberry? How are you giving it? Is your horse that picky, or just a feed hog? I'm going to try a half of teaspoon and work up from there and see if it helps.
Any suggestions?
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    08-17-2012, 02:05 PM
Green Broke
I feed Chasteberry to my horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome, a/k/a Peripheral Cushings, even though it is not considered cushings?

Well - lol lol My nose is pretty much "deaf, dumb, and blind" so I just went to the Chasteberry container and stuck my nose down in there

While it has a really different smell to it, I don't think it is so strong as knock you over.

From Spring until the weather cools down and he needs to start growing his coat (anywhere from mid-September to mid-October for where I live), I feed 1/8th measuring cup in the AM and half of that in the PM.

As the weather gets colder, that gradually gets cut back to a partial 1/8th measuring cup because I need his hair to grow. I bought a winter blanket for him anyway because he is now 25.

I mix his chasteberry in with his Triple Crown Senior, pelleted rice bran, arthritis meds and just enough water to dampen the "flighty" stuff so he doesn't blow it out of his feed pan.

The weeks we had temps and Feels Like over 100, he didn't want to eat at night. He also has hind gut ulcers so I had to be really careful with him.

I mixed everything in half cup of pelleted rice and a handful of carrots and apples that had been crushed in the blender.

I know full well carrots and apples are a no-no but this horse needed his supplements and a handful of mushed up carrots and apples every night for two weeks was going to do way less damage than him not getting his supplements. Which, nothing happened, he ate the crushed apples & carrots like any healthy horse

I wish I knew if your idea and my idea of "strong" are close to the same. What knocks some people over, others tolerate with not much more than a shrug. Chasteberry does not go bad but if the smell is excessively strong, I wonder if it was processed wrong or the berries were cured properly??

Do you have a health food store (besides that useless GNC) you could take the Chasteberry to and have them take a whiff of it??
    09-07-2012, 08:21 AM
I don't consider it to be something that would knock you over, just a smell you notice when you open the bag, and with my geldings nose being that close to his feed, he notices it also and will walk away from it.
    09-07-2012, 08:34 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Gmac    
I don't consider it to be something that would knock you over, just a smell you notice when you open the bag, and with my geldings nose being that close to his feed, he notices it also and will walk away from it.
I also have to feed powdered arthritis meds. I mix everything with a bit of water and that seems to help stop them from sorting things out with their noses.

I did have both metabolic horses on chastetree and didn't have any problems with them eating it, as long as I keep things mixed up with water.

Rice bran is 22% fat BUT, it's healthy fat and all my horses love the taste of it. You might try adding an 1/8th or 1/4 cup to the mix and see if that helps.

The down side to feeding such a small amount is that equine rice bran comes in a 40 lb bag and it could get buggy before you ever finish it

The other option would be to crush up two medium carrots to one medium apple in the blender and add an 1/8th cup of that.

Provided your horse can tolerate even that small amount of sugar. My EMS horse can, my IR horse cannot.

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