Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Old OTTB not eating: Most palatable horse feed?
Jade, my 34 year old Thoroughbred mare, is a very picky eater and recently went on a hunger strike. I've had three vets look at her, blood work done, teeth floated, ulcer meds, etc. All anyone can come up with is that she's being, well, picky. In an effort to keep her interested in food I've been trying different things.
Chia Seeds sprinkled over feed
Wheat Bran mash
Purina Equine Senior
Vita Bran Performance (Stabilized rice bran pellets)
Pennfield Senior (Stage IV)
All-In-One (Chopped hay and molasses)
Nutrena Life Design Senior
Soaked Alfalfa cubes
Elk Grove Milling pellets (all types)
"Regular" rice bran pellets
ALL oils (Corn, Soybean, Rice Bran, etc.)
As you can see I've wasted A LOT of money buying things she rejects! All feed changes are made gradually, and her meals are split into 5 or 6 feedings per day. Also, she is on a joint supplement, Source Focus Senior, a probiotic, Omega Horseshine and sugar-free electrolyte. She gets free choice Meadow Grass hay and sifted alfalfa (leaves only, stems removed) but she is unable to get much nutrition out of hay due to inefficient teeth- Jade just plays with and sucks on it.
What do you all think? What do your horses like the most? I would appreciate your experience on what is the most palatable feed.
I want to try some new stuff for her, but would prefer to go on recommendations on what YOUR horse likes than to keep 50# buying bags Jade rejects. Though, my other horses are REALLY happy when Jade turns her nose up!