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post #1 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Bored with feed.

I have a gelding that, if he's been on a feed for a really long time he seems to get tired of the taste.

( he's been checked by a vet for this incase of something actually wrong and found nothing)
We change the feed (something tht tastes/smells different) and he eats that for a long time, till he starts getting tired of it.

Is there anything I can add to his feed to make it taste different without it being unhealthy ? I can't say I change his feed real often, he's been on this for a long time. He does eat, just not as happy about it as he is with a treat or different smelling/tasting feeds.

If rather not keep changing feeds
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 04:54 PM
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Sorry I don't have any help. Around here, a horse that won't eat their feed is either sick or fed too much.
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 05:00 PM
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Im not as happy about dinner as I am a piece of candy. Any horse will love a treat/grain more than hay.

Did you ever think that he gets full and that's why "bored" of it?
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That sounded harsh, I didn't mean for it to be!
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I have encountered this with a horse at a barn I boarded at! He would eat his grain just fine for a month or two, then just suddenly decide he was tired of it and leave it in his bucket. He had been check by several vets etc, it appeared he was just getting bored! One thing that seemed to help extend the length of time he would stay interested was switching around different top dressings- rice bran, oil, hay balancer etc. Sometimes just putting a handful of a different feed in and mixing it would help...His owner just had to switch brands/feeds every few months, he was such a picky eater and very hard to keep weight on! To this day she hasn't been able to find one he will stay on (he is now 18) but she has been able to rotate back to certain feeds after a while.
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post #6 of 16 Old 01-23-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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He eats his hay just fine. He has a round bale but he's not an easy keeper and gets ridden a lot so hay alone, he won't hold weight.

So I give him feed, and usually a scoop (one of the 3 quart scoops) in the morning and one at night. I've never seen a horse get full on that amount. (One of his size anyway.)
He will eat the feed but just isn't into it and don't always clean up.

But any time I switch feeds, he'll be happy to eat again for a while.
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-24-2013, 07:23 PM
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Maybe add a little oil to his grain? My old man will get tired of feed sometimes but it will be over a year of the same.
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Never heard of it. Is the feed getting spoiled ?
New research is saying they found grain is not good for horses. Even tho we have fed that for many years. Maybe just give him a vitamin mineral supplement and for extra weight give soaked beet pulp with no malasses. Horses are grazing animals and want/need to eat constant, thats why people are going for the slow feed nets. when I see a horse not wanting food I think there is something wrong. feed only stays in there stomach for 15 minutes, thats why they are and act hungry all the time. This is the mineral I really like, check it out.
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-24-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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The feed is not spoiled and the other guys eat it just fine.

This guy just seriously gets tired of the feed after a while.
It is a pellet, not a sweat feed.

I was wondering if maybe a drop or two of molasses mixed in wouldn't be too bad for him while changing the taste up a bit
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-24-2013, 10:46 PM
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Id wonder about ulcers in a horse like this. It is not normal or common for a horse to go completely off his feed.

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