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post #1 of 22 Old 08-06-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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getting a horse to eat supplements!

my QH is on his-granule (?), joint, and probiotics, and they are all powder adn wont eat all of it and he needs to eat it all. I tryed apple cider viniger he wouldnt touch it he tryed to eat it but only would take VERY little bites it took 20+ minutes and it usually takes 5-10. I give him sweet feed 1/2 a scoop. Plus flax and biotin but he always would eat it.

What should I put in it? My other two eat all of it no matter what and usually he would also.
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-06-2012, 06:14 PM
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mollasses, something sugary or corn syrup. You could also try mixing it all into beet pulp as it's low in sugars and calories and is a nice filler. Just make sure you get him used to eating it first because some horses don't like it or atleast they wont eat it plain.
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When my mare was on some nasty medication, I would crush it up super tiny and add 6 cups of sweet feed and 1 cup of maple syrup to it. Sometimes apple sauce, carrot shreds, apple chunks, etc just to spice it up and make it interesting!
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he will eat all his food but leaves a pile of powder and I was wondeirng what isnt going to make a mess. He does like malassos ill have to try that.
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The Molasses will get the powder to stick to the grain so he doesn't just eat the grain and leave the powder at the bottom.

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post #6 of 22 Old 08-07-2012, 01:38 AM
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A healthy oil will also make powder stick to grain, if your horse will eat it. I'm currently using CocoSoya, and my horses love it. Corn, flax seed, rice bran, soy, and canola oils are other options.
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Try mixing the supplements into molasses, honey, maple syrup, etc. Or, core an apple, fill it with supplement and a bit of molasses, honey, or maple syrup.

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post #8 of 22 Old 08-07-2012, 02:44 PM
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Apple sauce. You can buy the organic, unsweetened stuff. I buy it in the swerving size cups and that makes it easier to dish out. If he doesn't have enough grain to mix up with the powder you could also try hay pellets.
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post #9 of 22 Old 08-07-2012, 03:19 PM
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I was going to recommend apple sauce as well..It's the cheapest way and even my picky eaters will eat it with no problem.

You have to be careful with what oils you use if you are going to feed an oil.

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If he's eating the grain, just leaving the powder at the bottom, then just wetting it enough to get the powder to stick might do the trick. You can use anything already mentioned (molasses, apple sauce, etc.) but plain old water might work, too.

My horse has to get a nasty smelling supplement for his seasonal allergies (I don't blame him for not liking it!) but he REALLY loves alfalfa cubes. So, I mix it into his alfalfa with some water and turn it into a mash.
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