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Horse stopped eating Grain? Help?

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  • cowgirltough_ Original Poster cowgirltough_
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    I just started my horse on a new supplement(exceed 6 way). The first day she ate it no problem. Then she wouldn’t eat the supplement the next day. And then the next day she wouldn’t even eat her grain or the supplement? What’s going on this has never happened to me before so I don’t really know what to think… Is there something wrong with her or does she just not like it? She ate her hay right up no problem. It’s strange usually she looks forward to her grain and gobbles it right up.

    Thanks

    Joan Fry
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    As long as she’s eating her hay, I’d say she just doesn’t like the supplement. I’m not familiar with it–what’s it for?

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Sounds like she doesn’t care for the supplement taste but can’t determine what about her grain has changed (Ew! BAD!! Better not eat ANY of it!!). Sudden changes, even just in taste, can throw a horse off for a while. Not unusual for it to take a week or so for a horse to accept a change in the usual.

    My Abi is very routine about her grain. If I need to supplement her (usually Banamine or ‘bute for her chronic uveitis so it is NOT a regular addition), instead of regular carrots we give her baby pre-peeled ones on dosing days. She thinks the carrots are the bad taste (cos they are clearly DIFFERENT!), not the supp so eats her grain but leaves the carrots.. Sneaky and a little unfair but we do what we have to sometimes, to promote and protect with minimal battles : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Mapale Mapale
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    Pheets – your horse leaves the CARROTS! That’s funny. Sounds like a great suggestion – I’m going to try that!

    It sounds to me like adding a little applesauce to the grain might answer the question; if she still won’t eat then it is the horse not the food. My mare would NOT tolerate Cosequin ever, so I put it in applesauce every day for three years. (Those individual serving packages work great for this). I still keep applesauce in the feed freezer(not working) ICOE if a horse goes off grain.

    Mischief hated Futurity. If I dared put the dastardly stuff on his food, he left it. Not worth the trouble I switched to SmartHoof Ultra pellets which he loves.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joan Fry
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    That is funny–she leaves her carrots! In my experience, horses will eat almost anything served with applesauce. Scout hated the EPM med, and since I didn’t feel like fighting with him to get it down his throat, I gave it to him as part of a mash, usually containing baby carrots and always containing applesauce. He ate it right up without stopping to breathe–including the carrots.

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Pheets will not touch apples in any form. Won’t even eatteh apple flavoured ‘bute, gotta give him plain, if we do. Gets grumpy and then pouts if you try to feed him any apple flavour in any form. Abi enjoys a half an apple once a year or so, the rest are over-indulged beggars and will eat just about anything offered.

    Abi loves her carrots, it is the different form and the odd taste of something in her grain.. SHE assumes it’s the carrots since they are the only thing that’s different… not so dumb really, for a horse : ) Sometimes tho, it takes her two or three feeds to realize a change has been applied. She is very trusting.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    She probably doesn’t like it. My boy, in the beginning, managed to eat all his grain without eating any of his supplements. Now, he gets them mixed with alfalfa cubes, TC Senior and carrots. Hogs it down.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    ‘Nother funny story in re feeding supps/dosing: Pheety. Thought I would try Previcoxx for his bad knees, he struggles then falls in order to lay down. Tiny little pill. He gets almost a gallon of water with 3-4 lbs Triple Crown Senior. Nice big mash (gets nothing out of hay: missing teeth). Threw the tiny little pill (size of an aspirin, half as thick) in his mash.

    He ate every crumb. But not the pill. >:(

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Pheets – they will do it. Joe Joe, when I first began supplements, managed to eat his grain (TC Senior) and leave the supplements. Now, I mix it all up with really soaked alfalfa cubes and tiny carrot slices. So far, it works. Have you considered crushing the pill into a powder? It would make it more difficult to reject it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Well yeah, of course. No problem crushed, I usually crush all meds if possible, just thought the original form was so minimal, and only one, put in perspective with a 3/4 full five gal bucket of mash……who’dathunk it would be such a big deal? Pheets, natcherally. Be aware that some medications cannot be crushed tho not many and this is not one of them. The effects weren’t worth the expense even tho Previcoxx is fairly affordable around here, so we have since moved on to other things. Thanks for the tip!!

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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