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post #1 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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What is your favorite thing to put suppliments in and why

I'm getting ready to move Cinny from my friends to the local equestrian center where there will be a change in feed. He will be moving from his "all you can eat" pasture of fresh growing brome and St. Johns Wart to a dry lot with a round bale (most likely brome mix). So I want to supplement him with a hoof/coat supplement (suggested by my farrier even if he were to stay), and maybe a vitamin supplement. Normally, when I was in CA, I would just add whatever powdered supplement into a can (I measured with baby formula cans) or two of bran and some warm water or sometimes apple juice for a treat or A&M (Alfalfa with molases)...add carrots etc. This was done on my horse already of healthy weight, like Cinny. For some reason I can't seem to find Bran OR A&M in my area (Lincoln, NE)...which is ODD to me. I really don't want to add too much of an actual "grain" because he is already hyper enough as it is...maybe when he is actually WORKING I will, but not now.

So what do YOU like to add powdered supplements to, and why?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 11:04 AM
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Soaked beet pulp works great for feeding powdered supplements.
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I'll usually just feed equishine and free choice minerals and salt. The horses like the taste of the equishine, so you don't need to mix it in with all of that gross molasses and sugar.

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 12:01 PM
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I've heard some people use soaked alfalfa pellets.
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 12:15 PM
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I don't make my life any more complicated than it has to be.

Any supplements I give, I put in with the animal's grain rations. If it's something they don't particularly like, such as dewormer, their feed gets soaked with water and everything gets absorbed into the food.

This works especially well with geldings, although I've heard people have limited success using this method with mares.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 12:45 PM
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I just got a new supplement for my baby boy. I just gently weened it into his daily grain. He gets about half a scoop of it with his feed in the morning. I like to keep things as simple as possible. No need to make it more complicated!

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 12:53 PM
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Or you can get the pelleted Smart pac supplements. That's extremely easier if you have a picky eater. Personally I've never had any luck just mixing with grain, but my horses are picky about their "grain".
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 01:15 PM
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MN, mine are vacuums when it comes to food! Even JJ, who's supposed to be a 'finicky' TB eats anything I put in front of him.

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 01:23 PM
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I mix it in with a couple handfuls of Senior Feed. Miss chunko (hard to believe she was very underweight when I got her) doesn't need extra empty calories or anything making her hyper and since we already have Senior Feed on-hand for the actual Senior horse, I don't have to go buy something different.

I could probably just throw it in a bucket plain and she'd scarf it..... I don't think there is anything my horse won't eat. She absolutely loves dewormer, if you hold up the tube, she comes running and then is busy begging for more.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 01:24 PM
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Before you make buy all those extra supplements, find out what feed they feed. Alot of the 'complete' feeds like strategy and omelene (sp?) have a hoof and coat supplement built in. The extra supplements shouldn't hurt but why pay for what is already included. For those who have to get extra supplements, we sprinkle it on top and use a spray bottle with apple juice to dampen it. Our horses are hoovers too...most are rescues that at one time or another were starved...its a rare occasion that they leave anything for the chickens!
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