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post #11 of 22 Old 08-08-2012, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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they wont eat alfelfa cubes watered down. water doesnt work i tried that already. he would take his old MSM supplement but not his new one plus the other two, ive tried more and less feed it didnt matter. im going to try apple sauce next as we have some around the house.
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-08-2012, 12:58 AM
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As others have mentioned, apple sauce is great for supplements and medicines. It's especially easy if you use the little lunch pack apple sauces. It's like feeding a SmartPak that way. Just pop the lid, mix in the additives and go.

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post #13 of 22 Old 08-09-2012, 08:04 PM
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So, somewhat related...the horse I lease lost weight earlier this spring, so we've have added grain and some supplements along with her alfalfa. It's been working and she's gained weight. However, she's a messy eater and grain ends up all over the place along with her supplements. I love the idea of mixing the supplements with applesauce (so smart!) but here's my stupid question: do I mix up the grain/applesauce/supplements? Or feed the applesauce supplement cocktail? Either way I want more in her stomach and less on the ground!

We've tried various buckets, troughs, and dishes...nothing seems to get Miss Thing to have better manners. Though I hope she'll be looking around less if it's super duper tasty. I should mention she is pretty feisty, so anything added ideally would not make her more spicy.
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post #14 of 22 Old 08-10-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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well i tried the apple sauce today and he still would not eat it he ate a little spit it out and then took little bites and complained a bunch that the other two were eatting and he had extras in his. where they will eat their supplements all gone no problems.

i put his oats in then supplements and then apple sauce and stired it all up.
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post #15 of 22 Old 08-16-2012, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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so water doesnt work he dislikes it. and mollasses is okay but he eats that and leaves the rest. he usually eats anything with molasses but not anymore.
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post #16 of 22 Old 08-16-2012, 01:03 PM
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Molasses is the cheapest and most palatable thing to mix the supplements in with their feed, and it contains nutrition for your horse, too. Applesauce and maple syrup gets pricey for every day use. I have some that's almost 10 years old, but I keep the container capped and have it handy should I need to mix something in my horse's grain.
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post #17 of 22 Old 08-16-2012, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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and applesause doesnt work he wont touch his grain with it in it.
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post #18 of 22 Old 08-16-2012, 02:01 PM
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When I was a zookeeper, we used to core apples, stuff the vitamins inside and feed them to the rhinos. They loved apples and would open right up and crunch them down. I wonder if hiding the supplement in a favorite food would work?
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post #19 of 22 Old 08-16-2012, 02:55 PM
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If he's that picky maybe try taking all the supplements out of his grain and on different days try his grain with only one supplement in it to see if he objects to just one supplement or to all of them.

Then for any supplement that he doesn't like, you can mix it up in a paste (with something he likes... molasses, perhaps?) and give it to him in a syringe like paste dewormer, or you can look for a more palatable alternative (or just drop it altogether unless it's something he absolutely needs!)
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post #20 of 22 Old 08-16-2012, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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i think it maybe his joint supplement but he gets sore in the fall to spring in his left stifle from getting kicked and they really help him. and he needs the allergy supplement other wise he is just sore and itch all over his body. i took him of the probios as he doesnt seem to need it as much as my moms horse does. i was hoping it was that but it seems like the joint is the problem.. he hates to be dewormed and anytime he sees something like the wormer he will get worked up.

he bite his apples in half and lets the other part drop to the ground and then will eat the other half... hes a really REALly picky eatter i guess but will eat any food i give him but not this supplement. ive thought about switching it when my other gelding finnishes his joint and giving him Harleys (whos being picky) and getting him something else. like what he was on this spring. my other gelding has two to three weeks i belive left.. its harleys old joint stuff..
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