How to get minerals into an already fat mare?

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    06-07-2013, 07:36 PM
How to get minerals into an already fat mare?

I want to start my mare on some sort of vitamin/mineral supplement. No reason in particular. She is currently on 24/7 turnout and is a bit chubby at the moment due to being on green grass and having no work for the past few months. I've been wanting to start her on a vit/min supplement for a while now just to supplement her diet. I've heard good things about the Hoffmans (with added selenium) so I got a bag of that today.

I tried to give her the 200grams (recommended on bag) today on top of a couple double handfuls of oats.. She took two small mouthfuls then wouldn't touch it. She is very obviously not starving lol... I ended up leaving it out for her. I'm going back on Sunday so I'll see then if she touched it.

What else can I give her besides oats? I think if there had been a better oat-mineral ratio she might have eaten it, byt she REALLY does not need any more calories, but she IS picky. I thought about soaked alfalfa cubes or something but I suspect she wouldn't be too stoked on those either considering the fresh grass vs. wet grossness factor. She has eaten beet pulp in the past, but it was mixed with sweet feed. Any ideas?
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    06-07-2013, 07:39 PM
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Well first off get rid of the oats, what about a ratin balancer or bag of low carb light ? There are also "cookies" that are made with vitamin supplements.
    06-07-2013, 07:43 PM
I'm looking to get rid of the oats, that's why I asked ;)

What is an example of a ration balancer? That might be sold in Canada?

Also, remember that I have a FULL big bag of Hoffmans so I need to find a way to use it up - at this point I'm not lookin for other vit/min alternatives, I need a way to get this stuff into her at least til the bag is done :) would like an alternative to oats
    06-07-2013, 07:45 PM
I'll look into "low carb light" and see if I can figure out what it is exactly, thnx
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    06-07-2013, 08:08 PM
Where abouts are in Canada? In western Canada (BC), you can get Hoffman's minerals and Lifeline Carb Care ration, team those two up and you're good to go without adding weight.
    06-07-2013, 10:16 PM
I'm in saskatchewan at the moment, so will definitely look into the carb care ration. Is it a small pellet or what? Hopefully she'll like it, fat picky thing!
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    06-07-2013, 10:27 PM
Small pellets, my picky horses like it, the Hoffman's minerals take a while, but take away all their salt blocks, they will develop a taste for it. Makes their breath smell nice, lol.
    06-10-2013, 10:38 AM
I don't feed Hoffman's but I really like the analysis and feed a similar product. 200g is a boat load. Mine are offered it free choice and they only consume about 1/4 of that. If they have been out for a week or so, they will consume more but never that much for days on end. I think it's the best way to get vitamins and minerals into horses that don't receive any grains or concentrates.
    06-10-2013, 10:46 AM
Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
I'm in saskatchewan at the moment, so will definitely look into the carb care ration. Is it a small pellet or what? Hopefully she'll like it, fat picky thing!
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Lol, if you don't want your Hoffmans send it to me, love that stuff. When they are out on grass I just throw some in a bucket I have hung in the fence and they help themselves as and when they need it.

If you really want her to have it though, get some beet pellets, just soak a cup of them in water and mix the mineral in, when it is all soaked she will eat it.

If she is that fat maybe she would be better dry lotted for part of the day, teh grass is growing so fast here that I'm only letting my guys out for a few hours a day on the good grazing, or they would turn into blimps in a week.
    06-10-2013, 06:13 PM
If I could throw her in a dry lot I would for sure. Unfortunately I'm boarding her and the only available pen is the field she is in.

I'd like to give her a daily ration of the Hoffmans so might try the beet pulp.. She has never had straight beet pulp but I could even mix in a little oats.. Left Hand, I'm fairly certain the bag said between 150-200 or 250 grams. She is a draft mix mare so though not a tall horse she is not small by any means.

Wares - I tried 3 different places and no one had that Lifeline stuff. Everyone seemed a bit mystified at the idea of feeding something other than oats to a horse lol

Golden - I've heard lots of good things about the Hoffmans so am really looking forward to trying it :) I don't think she is grossly fat but is getting a bit of a back crease so is getting up there. She is being ridden now though so though she never gets SKINNY she should lose some of the weight.
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