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post #1 of 10 Old 11-06-2013, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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My pony hates his supplement. How to get him to eat it??

Top dressing? Not even if it were smothered in gravy. If my guy can smell Equi Pride in the feed he won't touch it and that wastes food.

Any ideas to get a picky eater to take his medicine? Gradually increasing from a minuscule amount does not seem to be helping.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-06-2013, 01:56 PM
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Mix with a little bit of applesauce or molasses and inject with a cleaned out, used, worming syringe.

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oh, ha ha. I should add that the load up dose, or whatever they call it, is 2 whole cups! That would be a lot of apple sauce. I did use that trick to get a mare used to the wormer tube and it worked like a treat!
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Dried mint is supposed to be good! Or Apple sauce
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I agree with the applesauce! Start with a small amount of the supplement and build it gradually. Better he get some then none. Also, can you switch brands? Maybe there is a more palatable.
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2 cups?! Is it a pellet or a powder? Have you tried soaked alfalfa pellets?

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I suppose I could switch brands, but I have a new 5gal bucket of it. LOL. Yeah 2 cups! Alfalpha pellets are on my list, so I will try that as well.
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When I had to feed my horse a nasty tasting/smelling supplement for his cough I had good success hiding it in soaked alfalfa pellets. My horse loves alfalfa, so it works great for him. If your horse isn't as big a fan you could also try beet pulp and/or rice bran. But if your horse just won't eat it no matter what you might need to ditch it and try a different brand supplement.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-06-2013, 06:03 PM
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EquiPride, All-In-One Vitamin and Mineral Top Dressing For Horses

That it? Why are you feeding it? What else are you feeding?

There are other things out there like it that horses eat just fine.

That said you can make a mash with some hay pellets and/or beetpulp and see if he eats it that way.

Sounds kinda gimmicky.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-06-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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That's the stuff.

Well he just gets round bales, 6 handfuls of sweet feed on nights I visit the barn, and gluquestrian for his navicular.

Hmm, the brochure say:

"Q. My horse is VERY picky. What can I do if the horse doesn’t take to
EquiPride® right away?

A. Every horse is different. Most will eat
EquiPride® out of your hand on the fi rst try and some take a little coaxing.

Try to mix a pinch in with their feed and slowly increase this over a two week period. Other methods include mixing it
with wetted beet pulp or applesauce."

So I guess you are right about the apple sauce.
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