I have a three year old Air Fern, Rocky Mountain gelding. He is overweight and at risk for developing metabolic disorder. He has also choked twice on pellets, even soaked. A couple of days ago I moved him to a new barn that has two very desirable features: A dry lot, and it's next door to my cottage :)
So, phase one, getting him off the rather rich grass (he is too clever to keep a grazing muzzle on for long), is complete. He gets next to no grain, just a 1/4c of TC Growth to support the supplement, which I expect to increase as needed. That's just back ground for the real problem:
Over the last winter, he was getting Accel as a supplement. He did poorly on it, so I switched him to SmartPak's EZ Keeper Grass Pellets...and he bloomed. His hooves improved, and he's now slick and shiny, and even started to dapple. There's one problem: He will no longer eat any feed that includes this supplement. FWIW smell seems to be a factor, as it's been reported he sometimes won't even approach a bucket that has the supplement in it.
Things that have been added to try to make it more palatable: TC Growth, a low NSC beet pulp/alfalfa textured feed. Ground up Ginger Ridge Healthy Hearts, which he'd jump through fire for, normally. Applesauce. Tomorrow I'll try corn oil. Because of the choke episodes, his feed is always watered.
So, the questions are:
Suggestions on a more palatable supplement that contains everything a growing boy needs (I'm looking at Barn Bag maybe, but it seems a lot more expensive). Preferably not pelleted.
What have you successfully added to supplements to make them more palatable?
Has anyone tried these? Yummy Flavored Pellets for Picky Eaters - Horse Treats from SmartPak Equine
Was reading an odd list of the favorite horse flavors, and fenugreek and banana were the top two. Anyone ever tried these?
My new BO feeds a forage balancer, it's Triple Crown, formulated for low carb diets, and is basically timothy cubes. However, I'm afraid to try it since Yankee has choked twice, including on soaked pellets. Would it be safe to feed this, if it is soaked? For how long?
Appreciate any information or advice!