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post #1 of 9 Old 04-05-2016, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Giving powder supplements to easy keeper--recommendations?

In one of my other threads, someone recommended that additional magnesium might benefit my nervous/jittery horse. After doing further research, I figure it can't hurt to give it a try, so I now have a bag of magnesium oxide for her. I'm intending to give about a tablespoon of the powder every other day (i.e. every time I see her) but I'm wondering what I should put it in to give it to her? She's only on hay now, what with being a very easy keeper. I was thinking of giving a very small amount of sweet feed (like, a handful), but would the sugar in that counteract the calming benefits of the magnesium?

(I'm a bit stretched financially these days so I need some cost-effective suggestions more than anything). Thanks!
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You could always mix it with Applesauce. That's what I will be doing for my Thyroid L supplement for my horse.
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If you can get a chopped forage like Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage that would be safe to feed to an easy keeper, you can mix the supplement in with that, perhaps with some applesauce or a bit of soaked beet pulp - look for the type that has no added molasses
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I think a handful of SF would be fine.
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If the applesauce doesn't work, another thought would be Standlees timothy pellets and add some water.

I mix my IR horse's supplements in one or two 8 ounce cups of straight timothy pellets. Orchard grass pellets are also ok to use.

I buy Standlee brand at Tractor Supply. I have been using their brand for several years and like them because they are never dusty, and I have only found a small piece of hay twine once or twice in all those years.

If you are dealing with true powder as opposed to something granulated like sugar is, the last resort would be to make a 50-50 mix of water and pure apple juice.

Buy a 60 CC syringe, cut the tip off, use your finger to block the bottom, put the powder in, add the water/apple juice, shake or mix well with a cocktail stir, then syringe it down like you would paste wormer meds

I have to do that with my IR horse's prescription meds, lol He will not eat the meds in his feed pan but is happy to slurp the stuff down if I mix with water & apple juice in a syringe. I've been doing that twice daily since 2012 ----- pretty soon I will be at 3,000 loyal and loving times of making sure that horse gets his insulin meds ---- we need a passing out emoticon
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I like the applesauce idea, and came here to say soaked beet pulp also.

You could also mix it into something like natural peanut butter (if your horse will eat it) and put it into soaked hay pellets.
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If your horse is on a hay only diet, she would benefit from a vitamin/mineral blend and it will have added Mg. A 25# bag of loose minerals will run $25 and should last 6-12 months.
I just put it out in a feed pan and they eat it up.
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I usually hide my easy keepers supplements, which include mag in it with beet pulp, or right now senior feed is working to hide it all and he hates his 6oz of supplements but see to eat it with both of them
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