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post #1 of 8 Old 11-25-2008, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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horse that wont eat minerals

I mix the Purinas Essentials minerals in with his grain every morning and he wont eat them, they are left in the bottom of his bowl.Any suggestions on what to do to get him (Koda) to eat it all? Thanks

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-25-2008, 11:51 AM
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Add some warm water in grain and mix everything in, may be? I actually add water every time I feed mine and they both love it.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-25-2008, 12:09 PM
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Add some molasses


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post #4 of 8 Old 11-25-2008, 02:52 PM
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Is it possible you are overloading the horse with minerals? By mixing minerals in you are forcing him to consume the minerals rather than allowing his body tell him naturally when he needs them. If you just put a good full spectrum equine mineral block in the horses stall or pasture then he has the freedom to lick it as he needs it. Like humans, we need many minerals including salt. We like a little salt on our food partly because of flavor and also because our body tells us we need it. Picture someone mixing in a bunch of salt into your breakfast every morning, would you really enjoy it? Horses don't need a whole lot of minerals, just like we don't need very much salt. I suggest you get a salt block for the horse. Feed stores sell mineral blocks made specially for horses.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-25-2008, 07:54 PM
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I agree it would be a good idea to check to see if he is defiecient first, may save you some money too. My stud colt never seems to hit the salt block, yet he couldn't be healthier. Plus, you can buy high end feeds that have extra minerals and suppliments added, Triple Crown is a good one for that. I have an aged gelding that I wouldn't feed anything but the Triple Crown Senior, and he looks awesome for his age.

But other than that, the molasses suggestion was a good one, never knew a horse that would turn down molasses....

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-26-2008, 03:28 AM
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But other than that, the molasses suggestion was a good one, never knew a horse that would turn down molasses....

I do!!!

I agree with the mineral block, a horse is not going to eat minerals it does not need, the blocks gives them the chance to decide on their own whether they need them or not.

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-26-2008, 06:24 AM
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I do!!!

I agree with the mineral block, a horse is not going to eat minerals it does not need, the blocks gives them the chance to decide on their own whether they need them or not.
Me, too. We have one mare that is a very easy keeper and loves to eat, but will NOT touch her feed if anything is added to it (and we tried everything). I think she knows we are trying to 'fool' her.

Mineral blocks are the way to go. Inexpensive, easy, and they'll take what they need when they need it.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-26-2008, 06:28 AM
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Huh, I had never seen one. I do have a gelding that won't touch peppermints, sugar or candy, but even he likes molasses.

I guess some horses don't like molasses, I just hadn't met one (yet).

My horses have a salt block (don't do the mineral blocks, the horse ones are way too expensive here and the cow ones have too much copper). But my stud colt almost never touches it.


I talked to a friend of mine who is an equine vet tech (in training) and asked her, and she said you can sometimes buy the water soluable kind that you put in thier water, if they need to take something but won't.

Just another idea.

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