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    02-21-2013, 08:57 PM
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Foal
Is a very small amount of basic sweet feed okay?

I hope this is isn't a repeat...I tried to find a similar question but no luck.

I am going to slowly put my TB mare on a few New supplements. However, she only gets a very small amount of safe choice grain at feeding time and the powdery supplements I'm going to give her won't mix well. Would it be alright to give her a small amount (just a handful or so) of sweet feed so the powder will stick to it? I've always steered clear of sweet feed, but its such a small amount...

Oh, and the supplements I'm going to begin adding to her feed are a calming supplement, MSM, and a multivitamin.
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    02-21-2013, 09:01 PM
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Showing
Granted, I don't believe that such a small amount would do her any harm, but have you considered just spraying a bit of water (not enough to get it soupy) to her current feed so the powder would stick? That would save you having to buy a new feed too.
     
    02-21-2013, 09:02 PM
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Trained
Maybe dampening the Safechoice would allow the supplements to stick.
     
    02-21-2013, 09:07 PM
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Super Moderator
I feed supplements in pellet form w/ my pellets but I'm actually going to add about a cup or two of sweet feed to mine just to make him want to eat the supplements because I notice he's eating around them...
     
    02-21-2013, 09:14 PM
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Foal
I will try dampening it! I didn't even think about that. She may not eat it though...she's a little picky.
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    02-21-2013, 09:56 PM
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Picky usually means she has an option. Take the option away and she'll eat it. What I mean is she will eat it when she gets hungry. Not sure how you feed but, we feed tied and in pans. If they won't eat their grain cause if a supplement, that's fine. They'll get the same exact pan of feed tomorrow. They quit being picky real fast. Safe choice is pretty dry. A spray bottle would dampen it enough and not make it mush. I could see that working well
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    02-21-2013, 10:02 PM
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Green Broke
I have fed Purina Omolene 100 for 30 years, and not one of my horses has ever died because of it.

They are healthy and happy.
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    02-21-2013, 10:10 PM
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Foal
Thanks! I'll try wetting it first, and if that doesn't work I'll try the sweet feed. I picked up a bag of basic Tractor Supply sweet feed, which is probably about as bad as it can get :P Should I go with Omolene or Legends textured feed or something instead?
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    02-21-2013, 10:13 PM
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Foal
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Picky usually means she has an option. Take the option away and she'll eat it. What I mean is she will eat it when she gets hungry. Not sure how you feed but, we feed tied and in pans. If they won't eat their grain cause if a supplement, that's fine. They'll get the same exact pan of feed tomorrow. They quit being picky real fast. Safe choice is pretty dry. A spray bottle would dampen it enough and not make it mush. I could see that working well
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Unfortunately I don't feed her, the BO does, and the other two horses are fed at the same time in their pasture. If she walked away, I wouldn't want the others to get ahold of her supplements. I'm not sure if the BO waits for them all to finish before leaving or not...I'll have to find out!
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    02-21-2013, 10:14 PM
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Oh I should add they are not tied when eating :)
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