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  • Tricks for thickening up oral meds equine
  • How to get horse to eat smzs

 
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    05-03-2012, 09:19 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Talking How do YOU make them take their meds?

So I know of a couple different ways to administer oral antibiotics (pills) to horses, but thought I'd ask everyone to share YOUR special way to get them to eat 'em up!

The way I was always taught, which works best with my mare it seems, is to take a small water bottle and put a small amount of warm water in the bottom, then drop in the pills and swish around til they dissolve. Then use as a top dressing over the grain. Works like a charm with my girl.

Some others I've seen mix the pills in applesauce and feed them with the grain. What are YOUR special "spoon full of sugar" tricks?
     
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    05-03-2012, 09:23 AM
  #2
Yearling
We pulverize the pills and mix them with molasses or applesauce and then use a HUGE syringe like a wormer. No problems.
     
    05-03-2012, 09:28 AM
  #3
Showing
My horse loved molasses drizzled all over. The darker the better. If you pop the pills in a coffee grinder or mash them up and sprinkle it over grain, my horse won't give a rat's tail since he's getting his sugar :P
     
    05-03-2012, 09:37 AM
  #4
Showing
How strange. I typed my post and it showed up blank. Let's try this again.

I only have a couple picky ones (translates to pain in the butt) with them I do as HagonNag mentioned. It goes in natural applesauce and a syringe. The rest of my gang are air ferns and only get a handful of ration balancer so they view any feed as a big treat and don't even notice if there's something extra in there lol.
     
    05-03-2012, 09:39 AM
  #5
Trained
Like Sky and Hag I use a coffe grinder, make a paste and use a 60cc syringe with the tip cut back on it.
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    05-03-2012, 09:46 AM
  #6
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I just crunch them up and add them to a 60cc syringe (with the end cut out of it) mixed with a little corn syrup. I find most of my horses eat the SMZs when I just break them in half and add them to some moist grain. Bute -- well, they always need to be pulverized and added to corn syrup only I use a smaller syringe -- like a 35cc one.
     
    05-03-2012, 09:52 AM
  #7
Yearling
Carve a pill-sized hole in whatever fruit/veggie that they REALLY like. I might coat the pill with something to mask the taste more.
I don't like grinding pills.
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    05-03-2012, 12:10 PM
  #8
Yearling
If it isn't to huge I poke it in a half a pear and hand it to Rascal. Pears are his favorite and he inhales them. Nothing left to spit out LOL
     
    05-03-2012, 02:11 PM
  #9
Green Broke
All great ideas, some very creative too! Keep them coming!
     
    05-03-2012, 04:13 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
How strange. I typed my post and it showed up blank. Let's try this again.

I only have a couple picky ones (translates to pain in the butt) with them I do as HagonNag mentioned. It goes in natural applesauce and a syringe. The rest of my gang are air ferns and only get a handful of ration balancer so they view any feed as a big treat and don't even notice if there's something extra in there lol.
Same here...1 of our 4 can sniff out the slightest hint of medicine in her grain, so she gets the apple sauce w/syringe if I can't do by injection. The others don't care.
     

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