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post #1251 of 1323 Old 12-04-2015, 09:44 AM
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I have free choiced them to her the first 2-2.5 months after I introduced them to her. THe first day, I put 4 full scoops in a bucket and stored it in her shelter. Surprisingly, she ate like 1/3 of the minerals (but I think she was eating it to find out what exactly it was and no because she enjoyed the taste).

So I refilled the next day and she didnt once lick that bucket again for the next couple months so I removed the bucket.

I think shes avoiding them because of the taste, not because she doesnt need them.

The only way is to get mineral pellets, where she will see it and think its grain, like Vitamix and put those as an additional item next to her hay cubes in the tray.
Horses eat WHAT they NEED, pretty much regardless of the taste, or smell. They will eat the dirt if it has the mineral that they NEED. They eat manure, if it has What they need. She may have needed a little bit then, and then did not need any more. If she needs it, she will eat it. If not, she won't. When she is no longer hungry, she will walk away from her hay. It does not mean she doesn't LIKE it....

PSA....this does not apply to concentrated feeds!
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Horses can become seriously ill from overdosing on vitamins and minerals. When given free choice they take in what they need. When the vitamins and minerals are "hidden" in goodies that the horse wants to eat, it is easy to overdose them. How have you determined what she needs? Are you guessing or have you had blood work or advice from a vet?

Some vitamins are water soluble and excess is thrown off by the kidneys. Some vitamins are fat soluble and are stored in body fat, no excess being thrown off. Too much of a good thing can be bad.
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Complete Horse Care Manual Hardcover – January 17, 2011
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Find it on Amazon. It is only $16.00 USD. There are a lot of books on Amazon, used ones are good bargains. Read the reviews. This one covers basically everything, tack, health, training, etc.
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Horses eat WHAT they NEED, pretty much regardless of the taste, or smell. They will eat the dirt if it has the mineral that they NEED. They eat manure, if it has What they need. She may have needed a little bit then, and then did not need any more. If she needs it, she will eat it. If not, she won't. When she is no longer hungry, she will walk away from her hay. It does not mean she doesn't LIKE it....

PSA....this does not apply to concentrated feeds!
Thats true, youre right. But I have put these Hoffman minerals on her grain before (when she was on grain) and she would refuse it. Which was odd cause this mare loves her grain lol.
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Horses can become seriously ill from overdosing on vitamins and minerals. When given free choice they take in what they need. When the vitamins and minerals are "hidden" in goodies that the horse wants to eat, it is easy to overdose them. How have you determined what she needs? Are you guessing or have you had blood work or advice from a vet?

Some vitamins are water soluble and excess is thrown off by the kidneys. Some vitamins are fat soluble and are stored in body fat, no excess being thrown off. Too much of a good thing can be bad.
Yes Im well aware of them being able to overdose on vitamins, thats why I chose the free choice route when i first got minerals for her.

No i havent determined what she needs. But i know forsure that its not what the lady distrubitor at Hoffmans said - 3 scoops a day. WAY TOO MUCH! Ive put that into a bucket before and its almost half a lb!
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Yes Im well aware of them being able to overdose on vitamins, thats why I chose the free choice route when i first got minerals for her.

No i havent determined what she needs. But i know forsure that its not what the lady distrubitor at Hoffmans said - 3 scoops a day. WAY TOO MUCH! Ive put that into a bucket before and its almost half a lb!
Then my question is, why are you worried that she doesn't want the supplement? She obviously doesn't need it. It is not the taste, it is the lack of need.
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Complete Horse Care Manual Hardcover – January 17, 2011
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Find it on Amazon. It is only $16.00 USD. There are a lot of books on Amazon, used ones are good bargains. Read the reviews. This one covers basically everything, tack, health, training, etc.
thanks, just ordered the book
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Then my question is, why are you worried that she doesn't want the supplement? She obviously doesn't need it. It is not the taste, it is the lack of need.
Im not worried, just want to make sure she gets all her vitamins and minerals. At the old barn, she wasnt taking in the minerals and I find it very hard to believe that the hay at the old barn (which was straw, 2nd cut, cheap quality hay) provided all the nutrients a horse needs.
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Horses will eat however much they want. I recently switched hay and it seems this new hay had a lot more to it then my last hay. I give him half a biscuit on the ground and 1 biscuit in a haynet he usually eats almost all the haynet and all the hay on the ground.

What you did you get ?
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