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  • #21
    My horse is on a strict diet and cannot have anything with sugar due to being PPID/IR. Even an apple or carrot may tip him over the edge. I use peanuts in the shell for treats (in moderation) and put his Prascend pill inside the shell and he eats it right up. When I introduced him to the peanuts I put a small amount in his beet pulp mix so he could get used to the taste and now he likes them as treats.

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    • #22
      The pill is tiny. Most horses will eat it in their feed and not think twice about it.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Pennywell Bay View Post
        1. Hide pill in apple
        2. Pony turns his nose up
        3. Hide pill in apple sauce
        4. See #2
        5. Hide pill in "pill pocket" treat
        6. See #2, pony laughs
        7. Cry in tack room, wipe tears, corner pony
        8. Hide pill in grain, pony's miracle lips eats every scrap----------------- except pill
        9. Drill hole in carrot, carefully cover pill
        10. Pony eats around pill, spits it out and laughs
        11. Grab pony and push pill into back of mouth, hold head, pony diligently swallows then spits out pill- works 50/50.
        12. More tears, snot, dissolve pill in 10 cc syringe with warm water and dose pony. Every day.


        I used to get formulated powder (apple flavor) that is no longer available to me due to legal reasons.
        We are supposed to be the smart ones, right?

        Oh, yes, horses have a way to humble us.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by AA Hunter View Post
          The pill is tiny. Most horses will eat it in their feed and not think twice about it.
          Eh, read the Cushings threads and you'll see that a lot of horses won't eat it in their feed. If they will - that's awesome. My pony will fling his entire bucket if the pill is in there.

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          • #25
            Does anyone know if there is a certain time of day to give this medicine? Only in the morning? at night? does it matter?

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            • #26
              I dissolve the pill in water and squirt it onto his feed. All gone.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by ecesis View Post
                Does anyone know if there is a certain time of day to give this medicine? Only in the morning? at night? does it matter?
                Doesn't matter.

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                • #28
                  A friend uses jelly beans. Mine is currently getting his mixed with peppermint powder and apple sauce with cinniman. Sometimes I gave to hand feed it.

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                  • #29
                    It's been a while since I started my old guy on it, but don't you want to slowly increase the dose? Seems to me that was recommended. Start w a 1/4 tab and work up? Seems like that was the recommendation.

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                    • #30
                      Yep, consider tapering up the dose.
                      The ecirhorse.org website is complimentary to the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance outreach group.

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                      • #31
                        Just mentioning another way to feed it -- I feed soaked grain (usually TC Senior) in nosebags. Toss the prascend tablet in; it semi dissolves into the feed. Done! The nosebag stops them from spilling it etc so you know they've actually eaten it. I have 4 Cushings horses on my farm right now, and this method works for them all.
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                        • #32
                          I used a cat pill gun with the silicone tip. I was able to put the pill back far enough on his tongue that he swallowed it and my fingers were safe.

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