Horse has decided she doesn't want oil in her feed anymore
So, my mare has decided all of a sudden that she no longer wants to eat her feed if we're going to put the Cocosoya oil in it. She's a pretty finicky eater so I'm not all that surprised, but she really could use the extra calories that it provides her. Am I crazy to try just syringing it into her mouth with some applesauce instead of putting it into her feed or is that going to cause me problems that I'm not thinking about?
I use Cocosoya also, and it tends to get rancid pretty quick (and my horses will all quit eating it). Give it a good smell - it just might be slightly past its prime and you'll have to get a fresher bottle (it won't smell horrible, just "off" and not sweet). I used to order the giant 5-gallon jug and keep that at the barn, but it goes rancid too quickly in the heat, so now I keep the 5-gal jug at home and fill up a 1-gallon jug to stay at the barn so it doesn't go bad as quickly.
To answer your question though, yes you can syringe it into the mouth (plain without applesauce is fine) with a big dose syringe.
I thought about it being rancid, but I just bought the bottle a week ago. I can't imaging that it's gone rancid already but I suppose I should take a good whiff of it.
As for what she's eating :
3.5 Qts Fibergized Omeaga 3x daily
AM she gets a scoop of U-Gard and 1 pump of the Cocosoya Oil
Lunch she gets 1 pump of Cocosoya Oil and her Succeed
PM she gets a scoop of U-Gard, her hoof supplement and SmartMuscle Mass
We've tried to put her on Cool Cals and she won't touch them. I don't know if it's the smell (i thought they smelled pretty good myself) or the taste but they're on her long list of things she won't touch..along with rice bran, Purina's Amplify, Weight Builder, Fat Cat. I swear I own the worlds most picky eater!
That's always a possibility. She has a pretty extensive history of hind-gut ulcers. Though, normally, when her ulcers flare up she goes off food completly. Right now she'll eat (and eats like a ravenous pig)....as long as you don't include the oil.
I feed up to 35oz of oil to my picky-eater every day, by mixing it with her mash. The mash consists of 2 scoops of alfa-A, 2 scoops of beet pulp and 5 scoops of bran. She absolutely loves it and will stop eating her concentrates to gorge on her "soup".
It has a lot of cool calories and fibre. I'm not concerned about the imbalance of phosphorous in the mash as I also feed Calphormin.
I have never had any luck with adding oil to my picky eater's feed. I simply have to give more feed and I did increase her ground flax to a full cup when she came back from the trainer and needed some additional weight.
Since she has been placed on pop rocks her appetite has improved greatly.
Good Luck picky eaters will drive you crazy when they go on strike!
my older gelding won't touch his grain if you put corn oil in it. An old barn I boarded at added too much oil too quickly to his diet and now he won't touch it. Feed him the DAC Oil or Cocosoya and he licks the bowl clean.
I had the same experience with Cocosoya oil. After about four months, my mare that is usually a voracious eater decided she didn't like it Neither of my horses would touch the Cocosoya pellets from Smartpak. Right now, I'm not using a fat supplement, but I fed Gain & Gleam last year with great results. My horses' coats were so shiny that several other boarders started ordering it