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post #1 of 19 Old 05-06-2007, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Why won't my horse......

Eat apples/carrots/horsey treats?

I have never met a horse who didnt love apples, but our new mare just wont eat anything we offer her other than pony nuts? She has always lived out on pasture and not been spoiled with treats in the past but my kids really want to make a big fuss of her and spoil her with carrots etc
I tried mixing some oil & vitamin complex with her pony nuts and she refused to eat that aswell?
How can I make sure shes getting all she needs if she wont eat what I give her?

Any ideas? she just sniffs and walks away :(
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-06-2007, 06:21 PM
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Hmm that is weird! Is it possible that she has had a bad experience from being fed by hand or bucket in the past? This could be anything from being fed something nasty tasting to a negative assocation formed from getting colic.
It may help to prepare all the food in front of her or if you get really desperate you could try laying out the feed (on a dry day) actually on her grazing pasture. You have to be pretty careful to clear up everything though if she isn't tempted as obviously you don't really want her to find her appetite on mouldy feed!
I have heard that soaking and heating feed can also help as it releases nice, tempting smells for your horse to agonise over.

Just a few thoughts...
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post #3 of 19 Old 05-06-2007, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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The weird thing is she will eat pony nuts out of a bucket or if we feed her them by hand, but she wont eat apples etc! I tried to mix her vitamins and oil with her pony nuts but she point blank refused to eat it, she just walked away.
We have treid and tried to tempt her with apples and carrots but she sniffs them in our hands and turns away?

If only she would try them Im sure she would love them!

How is Sunny Swansea? my husband is originally from fforest fach in swansea, his parents still live there small world eh? :)
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post #4 of 19 Old 05-07-2007, 06:32 AM
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Have you tried a nice complete mix? Mixes have everything they need in them and apples/carrots and treats arent a needed part in a horses diet so i wouldnt worry about that to be honest...

Try a nice sweet smelly mix and maybe sugar beat?

Hope she eats it!

Elz x
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post #5 of 19 Old 05-07-2007, 12:30 PM
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Some horses that have never had treats before simply don't know they are food - much less tasty treats. Or she might not like them - simple as that. Not a common occurence, but it happens. My horse won't touch alfalfa or anything with alfalfa in it! Who ever hear of a horse thay won't eat alfalfa? She also won't eat red apples. Only the sour green ones. Sigh. The pleasures of owning a picky horse.
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post #6 of 19 Old 05-07-2007, 12:52 PM
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How is Sunny Swansea? my husband is originally from fforest fach in swansea, his parents still live there small world eh?
Wow that is a small world! Well I have to say that Swansea has actually (amazingly) been sunny for the last month or so although the last two days have been a bit iffy. Being British i do have to complain though as it coincided with grass seeding meaning extra expense on sprinklers! The sun has also decided to go in for the Spring Show. :(

Back to your horse -- possibly if you give pony nuts with say a slice of apple hidden amongst them? That way she *may* realise that the apples aren't evil or something. Be careful though as you run the risk of her going off pony nuts too; nothing is ever easy!
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post #7 of 19 Old 05-07-2007, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well I suppose she just doesnt know what it is so wont eat it but its so weird!

I am concerned about her just having pony nuts and snow covered pasture through the winter so have ordered 4 months supply of senior mix to be shipped down - I hope to God she eats the **** stuff, its cost a whopping £350 to get it sent over!
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post #8 of 19 Old 05-07-2007, 06:37 PM
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Eek! With it all costing that much i'm sure that you will most certainly try everything and anything! Have you ever tried mixing in grass with any feed? I have never tried it myself but it was just a passing thought.
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post #9 of 19 Old 05-09-2007, 03:41 PM
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LOL! Arn't they fun though!

Christy is also a somwhat picky eater. She loves carrots, is definitely not crazy about apples...

You might try adding a little molasses or light karyo syrup to the food. If she can handle suger of course. Also, if you can get some rice bran and mix a little in, most love the rice bran. It is a powder, and I mix it into a thin paste, then mix in any food she needs (including medicine,) and Christy really eats it fast! The rice bran is high in omega fatty acids, so it is very good for them, helps with sand clearing, and nice shinny coats and mane/tails.
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post #10 of 19 Old 05-09-2007, 10:04 PM
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Are you trying to mix supplements with her feed? Or are you just trying to feed treats? If you are only trying to feed treats, don't worry she will not eat them and just move on.
If you are concerned about her diet, change feed. She needs a grain that will have complete nutrition without having to add mixes. There are exceptions such as those with joint problems, deficiencies, arthritis, ect. How old is she and does she have any medical issues?
If you are trying to mix something she MUST have with her feed, cover it with molasses, apple sauce, honey, sweet feed, or oil and mix WELL. Try different things. I have an arthritic horse that is very picky. His supplements must be mixed with molasses and apple sauce. Spoiled little boy!
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