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    07-22-2008, 06:43 PM
  #1
Weanling
Will not eat powdered supplement! help?

Does anyone have advice on how to get a PICKY horse to eat his powdered supplement? He is on an arthritis supp. And he won't eat it! We've heard of applesauce and jello...but are there any other ways?

Preferably something easy, because he is on outdoor board, and gets fed out of a feed bag. We don't want it to be difficult for whomever does chores.

If need be, we're willing to go out everynight and do it ourselves, but that would be a last resort, lol.

Thank in advance.
     
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    07-22-2008, 06:57 PM
  #2
Yearling
Mix the feed and supplement with a little water so that the supplement sticks to the feed.

Let me know if that doesnt work I got a couple other ideas too
     
    07-22-2008, 09:44 PM
  #3
Weanling
I'll try that. But he will still be able to smell it, so then he might not even eat his grain. What are your other ideas?
     
    07-22-2008, 09:50 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ilovemydun
I'll try that. But he will still be able to smell it, so then he might not even eat his grain. What are your other ideas?
I agree, put it in his water, if he still won't eat it try the applesauce. If that doesn't work you might have to go with something injectable.
     
    07-22-2008, 09:58 PM
  #5
Yearling
I'm a big fan of sweet feed with extra molasses poured over it. They get used to eating it, then I start cutting back on the molasses. After a while they eat the powdered supplement mixed with the sweet feed, no problem. I had trouble getting one of mine to eat powdered joint supplement and this method worked.
     
    07-23-2008, 12:22 AM
  #6
Foal
We always use a little corn or veggie oil to make the suppliment stick to the feed. If we don't...the seem to find a way to eat around it. :roll:
     
    07-23-2008, 11:41 AM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by ilovemydun
I'll try that. But he will still be able to smell it, so then he might not even eat his grain. What are your other ideas?
Many powdered supps don't have a smell. If water doesn't work, you can use apple cider vinegar instead.
     
    07-23-2008, 11:44 AM
  #8
Yearling
Yep those are the other ideas I would suggest, we would use the corn oil, molasses or we would mix it with the soaked beet pulp or apple cidar vinegar. If you don't have ne of that just add about a tablespoon of sugar with the water, feed and supplement and that will cover the smell of the supplement and ur horse will b too interested in trying to eat the sugar! Lol and don't worry the sugar wont hurt him.
     
    07-23-2008, 03:01 PM
  #9
Weanling
Ohhh, I am pretty sure he smells them. He sniffs it and then doesn't eat it. In the AM, he'll sniff his grain and when he's sure there arn't any bad stuff in there, he'll eat it, no problem.
     
    07-23-2008, 03:54 PM
  #10
Yearling
When misty had a powder supp I cut a hole in an apple (or carrot/turnip - whatever your horse likes) pack the powder in then put the top back on the apple :) She ate it that way. Or you could make a sandwich with the powder on the bread (and something keeping it there I guess)

If not then idk, dissolve it in his water?!
     

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