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post #1 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Wink How to make supplement a little more appetizing?

I've just started giving my gelding a supplement in grain like form and sand clear(Only feeding it for 6 more days). He likes the supplement but hates the sand clear. I have been chopping up an apple and mixing it in well but he's still not a fan. I am wondering if there is anything I can put in this to make it more appetizing. He is on a 0 sugar diet(No grain), hates mulases and sirup. I am about 40 miles from my closest feed store so keep than in mind. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 05:11 AM
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Try mint, it's supposed to hide the taste and smell!
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 05:17 AM
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Are you feeding it with any other feed? If so you could add some water and make it into a mush so it's all combined together.

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Is the supplement water soluble? if so mix it and suirt it in with an old worming syringe.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 07:32 AM
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Molasses. Just drizzle a little on stand stir.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 01:03 PM
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Amigoboy, that would get very old very fast doing it every single day for a week... and probably cause the horse to eventually evade having its mouth touched.

If the horse doesn't like molasses, what about applesauce? You can get unsweetened applesauce at the store. Or hay pellet mash? Just soak a few handfuls of pellets and mix the sandclear with it.
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I'd mix it up with his feed and make a mash. The unsweetened applesauce added usually gets most of them eating it.
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I hide stuff in the soaked beet pulp and have had no problems with my horses eating every morsel.

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post #9 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have thought about the mint, I'll see if my local store has some in the baking section. If I make it into a mush he just gives up and doesn't eat it cause he knows he cant push the sand clear aside. Sand clear is fed by the cup so I would have to re fill the syringe like four time and also I have given him bute+mulases via syringe to him before and it caused my problems training wise, and he now hates mulases. franknbeans as I said in the thread "He hates mulases"! I used to give him bute in apple cause so I'm not sure if he would like that but I'll try! Getting to a feed store to buy pallet mash or beet pulp is quite a hassle so sticking to things I can buy in the grocery store is a must.
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I'd be careful about adding liquid to the sand clear. It turns to gel in the presence of liquid to lift the sand and carry it out of the GI tract. Adding liquid pre-feeding might make it turn to gel early, and then it really isn't pleasant to eat. I know this only based on human psyllium supplements, left a bit in the glass of water too long before drinking it. Yuck!
But I am not sure if the pellets would react the same way as the powder?
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