Ok so for those who didn't read my other threads, or who don't recall ... (long story short) ... I just got an underweight 19yr old X Race Horse this past Saturday. The lady I got him from said she dewormed him in November with Zimecterin Gold and then 3 days later with Ivermectrin. She had him on 9lbs of sweet feed per day plus 1 bale of hay a day. She only had him for a month (she runs a rescue) till I got him.
Now my question ... I need to put alot of weight on this guy - he's pretty thin. His teeth are good, so no issues there. Anyway, I posted about needing advice. I've rescued a starved horse several years ago and to put weight on him I fed him senior feed (he was old to), soaked beet pulp and lots of hay.
The horse I have now "George" doesn't like beet pulp. AT ALL. My feeding regimen for him is 1/2 quart of 12% sweet feed mixed with 1/2 quart Senior Feed, and 1 quart of soaked beet pulp (soaked in warm water). I even tried adding a small amount of apple juice to the beet pulp to flavor it. Still he won't eat it. I didn't mix it with the grain because I didn't want to risk him wasting the grain, since the lady who had him before me TOLD me that she couldn't get him to eat beet pulp either and she even tried mixing it with grain and it got wasted. So I kept it seperate ... but next to each other in the same bowl so he would hopefully get SOME in his mouth and decide to eat it. Anyway, I would really like to get him to eat the beet pulp since I know that will really help put the weight on him - plus I just bought a big bag of it this morning and I don't want it to go to waste.
Any ideas ?
Here's some ideas that I had ...
Add oatmeal to it with a little sugar,
Add molasses to it,
Add a tiny bit of it to the grain - just enough that he won't notice and then gradually day by day increase the ration of beet pulp,
These are just ideas - think any of them would work ?
Any other ideas ? Anyone have a horse like mine that WON'T eat the stuff ... PERIOD ! ??