I'm having to give my guy some crushed up pills in his feed, which is pellets. I was wondering what I could mix in with his feed to keep the powder mixed in with the pellets; molasses, apple sauce? What do you guys think?
It might be easier to just get some sweet- or senior feed and sprinkle the powder on that. (Assuming he's allowed to have the extra sugar.)
Molasses is sticky and nasty to deal with, plus it often comes in glass jars. As it gets colder it will be even *more* fun to get out of its container.
I have done applesauce in a used worming syringe -- actually I taught my old Appy that the syringe was a good thing and then every few months he would fall for the trick when it actually contained dewormer instead of applesauce.
If you mix the powder into the applesauce and squirt it in his mouth, then you know he really swallowed it.
I use beet pulp shreds-I feed them normally during the winter anyway but my super picky mare eats all her powdered supplements and some medicines when mixed in with the beet pulp because she loves the stuff and since it's soaked the powder sticks to it. She won't eat bute powder on it, but she hates bute more than almost anything (to the point of not eating any treats or anything for at least an hour after getting bute paste), but I have found she licks her bowl clean when she gets that mixed in with her feed and supplements!
A barn friend taught me the trick of putting molasses in an old syrup bottle thinned with some water. Put powdered meds in feed, squirt a little of the molasses/water mix on top, stir and watch them wolf it down.
Thanks for all the advice, I'm thinking beet pulp or just wetting the pellets. I'm just a little worried about giving him the beet pulp I don't want him to gain any weight... hmmm. That's a great and easy idea with the molasses/ water mix too!
Willie is on/has been on more meds than I can remember- and our 24 year old Tb gets his joint supplement mixed in just a couple tablespoons of applesauce - makes the powder stick to the pellets, and they both just dive in and lick the bowl clean.