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    06-12-2013, 09:27 PM
Horse Wont Eat

I work at a horse farm and we have a horse he's maybe 9 or 10 years old. We've tried everything. We had the dentist out to fix his teeth and she found nothing wrong or abssess. We've tried adding apples or a small amount of sweet feed to get something to attract his interest. He takes medications everyday and they are the pill form. And they have to be crushed into his food but if he doesnt eat his food he's not getting the medications that he's suppose to get daily and the vet is also aware. Even the vet is stumped. He grazes in the field and is healthy. We just can't get him to eat. He acts like he'es interested in it and will attempt to take a bite but then he walks away from him food. Me and my co worker are at our ritz end with him. Please if anyone can give me an idea on what I can give him to perk up his appetite. We've also tried beet pulp with molasses and one with out. We've tried everything. HELP!!!! :)
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    06-12-2013, 09:47 PM
If he's grazing, he IS eating. He's just not interested in what you're offering him, probably because he can smell the medication.

If he's supposed to be getting medication and won't eat it in his feed ration, mix it into applesauce, put it in a large syringe, and give it to him the way you give dewormer. Most horses find that acceptable.
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    06-12-2013, 09:59 PM
We've tried applesauce and he runs around his stall when he sees us coming with a syringe or paste tube. The vet even brought us some Cake Icing I've been around horses since I was 8 years old and I never heard of giving a horse icing. But the vet said it would give him a different taste he might like. But he wont touch nothing. He wont let us near him with anything. I mean yes he grazes but him eating the grain were not really worried about. Its the medications that he has to take. The only thing I can think of next is when we bring him from the field tie him in his stall so were not chasing him with the syringe or paste tube.
    06-12-2013, 10:31 PM
What about dousing it in molassas or dissolving it in water and mixing with molassas?
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    06-12-2013, 10:51 PM
Leave the syringe someplace else until you catch him. I had one I swear could smell the meds if I had it in a jacket pocket. I would have to halter and tie her and then go inside and get her meds.

I used to periodically give my horses a bit of plain applesauce with a dose syringe. They considered it a treat so when worming or med time came they were a piece of cake.

They are what they are. Sometimes you have to be the smart one.
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    06-13-2013, 12:23 PM
Well we have tried everything now. Everything from applesauce to molasses and water and we even added some beet pulp. We've changed his feed bowl and we've even tried tying him today. He literally holds it in his mouth for an hour today. We've used the dose syringe when he's tied up first. I stood in his stall for an hour today holding him cause now he's starting to spit even the food without the medications in it. We wash and scrub all the feed buckets after each feeding. They look brand new when were done. So there is no medications left in the bucket. He's the third horse out of 17 we have that refused to eat but luckily we were able to get the other two eating without a problem. I've been around horses since I was 8 years old and im 28 now. Im lost for words on what to do or try next. We are literally out of ideas. We finally convinced the vet to get his one medication in a liquid form so he gets an injection everyday for his leg injury. I think we've gotten to the point where we might have to get the liquid form of all of his medications. He even as the vet baffled and lost for words.
    06-13-2013, 12:39 PM
Did you take his temp? This situation is frustrating, I used to give with syringe, hold their head up and rub their throat trying to get them to swallow.
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    06-13-2013, 12:44 PM
Agree wit Histep
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    06-13-2013, 01:06 PM
Yeah the vet took his temperature and it was like 100.6 which she said was normal. We do the holding of the head for an hour and when we think he swallowed it and let him go that's when he spits the medication out the stinker :)
    06-13-2013, 03:29 PM
Hold his head and stroke his throat until you feel him swallow.

Stroke the underside from jaw to halfway down his neck. Just keep repeating. He will swallow. Eventually he won't be able to help himself and down it goes. Some tough ones you might be stroking for 20 minutes, maybe more but he will eventually have to swallow. You will feel it.
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