I have a 5yr old QH mare that refuses to eat more than a mouthful or two of grain at a time. She has had her teeth floated and been vet checked. She is in perfect health other than I can't put weight on her! She just wont eat much at a time. I have tried Weight Builder, Calf Manna, B6 Vitamins oarlly, Omega 3 weight Builder, Corn Oil, putting molasses in her feed, carrots, apples, treats, you name it I've probably tried it. This mare is picky to the max. Short of syringing liquid Weight Builder into her I don't know what to do. She is keeping her weight stable now but when the summer rolls around and I get around to working her all the time I am afraid that she'll drop weight. She is a high strung horse. I do keep hay infront of her all the time. But I need help. I have never seen a horse this picky. :roll: akkk my santiy
I know you said she's been vet checked, but what about worms? Have you had a fecal count done? Or do you know what her worming schedule has been?
It's good that she doesn't eat a lot at a time -- that's a horse's natural feeding method. Can you leave feed out just for her other than her hay? You could try rice bran also, but check on quantities someone. I'm not sure how much to feed. Also soaked beet pulp.
I wonder if being high-strung is affecting her "ability" or "willingness" to stand still for eating. Does she stand still and munch on hay for any length of time? Will she eat more if you are beside her? Does she have another horse beside her stall that might be bothering her?
First Thank you all who replied with suggestions, I appritate it.
I have tried applesauce (this morning) and molasses (tried it before) she wont touch the grain when it's in the feed which suprises me sence I have used the molasses when I have had to give meds to any of my horses. I also feed soaked beetpulp and alfalfa as part of all my horses feed (I'm just so used to saying grain because I feed it with the beet/alf that I just say grain when I talk about feeding sorry about that) . I tried increasing hers, well duh me, if she doesn't eat whats there she sure is'nt going to eat the extra. (I do have my bright moments :) ). I have 3 other horses in the barn with her and I have tried keeping them in and turning them out., niether works. I can't leave her food bucket up when she is out because the other horses will eat it, but I can't leave her in or she kicks her stall and dumps her water bucket.(very frustrating) As for the worms when we first bought her we power packed her at the breeders and agian when she came to our barn last year, she is now on a regular worming schedule and as part of her vet check she was checked for worms, all clear for that. I honestly don't know what to do. I thank you all agian, and suggestions will be taken with much gratitiude. I have run out of ideas and any and all from you guys are very much welcomed. By the way I love the pics
Yeah it is frustrating when your trying to help a horse but they don't quite understand. LOL, she is a good mare just picky. Thank you guys sooo much. I wish this was easier. You guys are very helpful.