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  • Horse won't eat supplements
  • How to get a horse to eat powdered bute?

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    12-22-2012, 09:25 AM
He won't eat it :(

My gelding gets a powdered supplement in his grain that he really needs. He's been getting it for about 3 months and now in these past couple of weeks he has stopped eating his grain when the supplement is on it. I'm sure it's the supplement because he only gets it in the morning and he eats his evening grain fine. And his hay he eats fine. Does any one have any suggestions to make his grain yummy enough that he'll eat it?
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    12-22-2012, 09:32 AM
Mix it in applesauce?
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    12-22-2012, 09:42 AM
Green Broke
Your feeding him to much.....he isn't hungry.
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    12-22-2012, 10:14 AM
Hmm, applesauce is a good idea...maybe I could get those cheap ones and have them mix one into his grain in the morning...?

No, he's getting the right amount of grain, he eats it readily at night when it doesn't have his suplement in it. He just doesn't like the tasting the supplement.
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    12-22-2012, 11:08 AM
Green Broke
That's always a bummer

Did you happen to get a new container of the supplement close to when he decided he won't eat it anymore? If so, the company has changed something regarding the flavoring that doesn't suit him - lol lol I am laughing because you are not alone in this

Sounds like he is boarded?

Applesauce does work or you could buy those mini bottles of 100% pure apple juice (no sugars added) and mix his feed & supplement with that.

I was going to suggest syringing the supplement down him, if its powder form (doesn't work with granules). But again, it sounds like he's boarded, so syringing is out unless you're there every day.

Carrots and apples chopped in a blender also work but that is something that needs to be kept in a refrigerator. Hope you can get this figured out
    12-22-2012, 11:13 AM
Try splitting it in two feedings and slightly dampen the feed.
I used to hide supplements in an apple or a carrot, cut a " lid", stuff the supplement in. Works just fine if it's a rather small amount
    12-22-2012, 11:14 AM
Do you mix or spread the powder around, or just dump it on top? I sprinkle my horse's powdered supplements over the whole bin, makes the smell less overwhelming.

Have you changed grain at all? It is weird that this is a sudden desire to not eat it.

You can start to wet it. Feed him a wetted down meal or a level of "mush" that he likes. Some like it really soupy, some like it only a little wet, and still others like it everywhere in between.

When my mare colicked a few years ago and I started feeding electrolytes, if she didn't eat her grain, I made a paste in a syringe and gave it to her that way. Laugh.

As an aside, highly doubtful he is "not hungry." I'm willing to bet he gets grain and hay in the morning and he eats the hay fine.
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    12-22-2012, 11:23 AM
Green Broke
I do soaked beet pulp, grain and supplements all mixed together. Even the picky ones, chow down.

A bit of molasses drizzled on can help too...only way to get mine to eat powdered bute.
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    12-22-2012, 12:28 PM
Green Broke
I would try soaking his feed. I soak Henny's because he's prone to choking. Since his accident we've been putting his steroids and powdered bute in his feed rather than making things complicated and syringing him every day. He has never once refused to eat his feed and shovels it down like the little piggy he is.
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    12-22-2012, 12:41 PM
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I second dividing the supplement between two feedings.

My girl gets a ridiculous amount of powdery supplements so, boy, do I understand this issue.

My favorite "tricks" are: soaking the feed with a little water for about 5 minutes before feeding plus supplement so it all kinda mooshes together, dividing the offending supplement between AM/PM, if splitting it doesn't work - sometimes I found that "nasty" stuff in the PM gets more attention than AM nasty stuff (perhaps after a day of grazing, grain sounds better? I dunno), and then, the piece de resistance is adding a handful of rice bran pellets. As it turns out, my girl is basically addicted to rice bran pellets and will eat ANYTHING with them in it. They also soak really well which is extra great for hiding things.

Also, try changing up the amounts of feed he gets with the supplement. I've found that Lacey is more inclined to eat gross stuff with a smaller amount of grain vs a larger amount. Might you be able to give him half his usual ration in the AM, plus supplement, and give him all the rest of his ration in the PM? If that doesn't work, try putting the nasty stuff in the heftier meal.

ETA- the other thing I do (that you might not be able to do if he's boarded) is wait to give her her hay until she's finished eating her grain. That gives powering through the nasty a little extra motivation, imo, and she's not distracted by the hay (something my girl is famous for being, hahaha).

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