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What Feed as a Supplment Conveyance?

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  • What Feed as a Supplment Conveyance?

    My horse is on stall rest getting grass hay, a multi-vitamin supplment and a joint supplement. He does not need grain for his health and weight.

    However, he is being picky about his supplements and not eating them. I think it is the joint one. Sometimes he dumps them out of his bucket. I think sometimes he gets bored and eventually nibbled on them. But, I'd like to make sure he eats it up right away so they aren't going to waste. Note: both his supplements are currently pelleted.

    What would you recommend I add to make it tastier that is:

    (1) Dry & baggable - he is boarded and feed/supplements must be pre-bagged.
    (2) Will not make him put on weight.
    (3) Will not increase his energy level or make him high as a kite.
    (4) Is tasty and delicious so he'll gobble it and the supplements up.

    I've added a picky eater carrot pellet to his SmartPak which is pretty cheap, but it's going to be at least 2 weeks before those arrive, and it might not be enough.

    Just looking for general suggestions of what type of feed, not necessarily a specific brand.

  • #2
    I've asked all my boarders to get any supplements they buy from SmartPak in pelleted form; they make a nice pellet for the joint stuff which everybody eats in whatever their usual feed is without any problem. Generally, strong-tasting powders are the biggest problem; even Bute seems to go down pretty easy with a handful of Triple Crown Senior, however. The less you use of whatever feed, the more inclined they are to eat it.


    • Original Poster

      Good point - both of his supplements are already pelleted.

      Senior is a good suggestion - thanks!


      • #4
        Soaking is the best way to hide powdered supplements if your horse will eat soaked pellets.

        I just soak alfalfa pellets, add the supplements, and they gobble it up!

        ETA: I see you're in CA... I use Stable Mix Senior.


        • #5
          What about a handful of All-in-One? It's very sticky, very palatable, and you can just include it in your supplement baggie so that you control how much he gets.


          • #6
            Why not just try some pelleted forage? Standlee makes plain timothy, alfalfa, and tim/alf pellets.
            Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
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            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Trevelyan96 View Post
              Why not just try some pelleted forage? Standlee makes plain timothy, alfalfa, and tim/alf pellets.
              I didn't know that existed! They have Standlee at the Tractor Supply right near me, that sounds like just what I need. Thanks!


              • #8
                My horse's Integrity Senior is the go-to conveyance for oral meds at our barn. We jokingly refer to it as crack for horses. I'm pretty sure they have it in Northern California now.
                The Evil Chem Prof


                • #9
                  My boy needs a cup of something yummy to make his supplements go down, so I just buy a bag of Purina Equine Senior, and it lasts a LONG time! I figure at a cup a day all it needs to be is tasty!
                  Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Zevida View Post
                    I didn't know that existed! They have Standlee at the Tractor Supply right near me, that sounds like just what I need. Thanks!
                    My mare is super duper picky, the WORSE horse ever when it comes to getting her to eat supplements! One day I forgot to add her ration balancer pellets to her dish when I fed her...went out and dumped them in...and she didn't want to eat the rest of her meal! She is HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS! LOL!

                    What has worked for us: alfalfa cubes, soaked. They make a mash, and its hard for powder not to stick to the mash. She also gets TC Senior so that helps too.

                    She will eat bute, MSM, SmartGut powder, & U-Gard powder (that that stuff SMELLS) mixed in with her alfalfa cube mash. You shoudl try the Standlee alfalfa/timothy cubes (or pellets) from TSC and see if that would help.
                    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


                    • Original Poster

                      I picked up the Standlee timothy pellets last night and did some experimenting. He was fine eating his multi-vitamin with the pellets, but wouldn't touch anything that had the joint supplement. I talked to SmartPak and they've removed the joint supplement from my order shipping on Monday and they are going to ship me a few samples of some alternates to see if there's something he might find more palatable.


                      • #12
                        We use a handful of Triple Crown Senior in these situations.
                        Quality Hunter Ponies


                        • #13
                          I use Blue Seal Minavite Lite which my gelding thinks is tasty-only gets a cup as he does not need grain. i have added various things to it and he seems to gobble it down. Dry, baggable and a little goes a long way (which is good as its about $27/bag, a 50 lb bag!).


                          • #14
                            Picky Eater Pellets

                            I bought a pelleted multi-vitamin assuming my horse would eat it like ever other pelleted supplement I'd given and it was a no go. He refused to eat anything in the bucket (including his grain) and was immediately on to me when I put in wet additives. Doesn't even like Cocosoya!

                            Added the Smartpak picky eater pellets and he's been eating them every day for almost 2 weeks now. He was willing to eat both carrot and apple, but seemed to like apple better so I stuck with that one. So I'd wait til you try it, it's an easy solution if it works.


                            • #15
                              Since you're in CA. how about a little OatMo. It's sticky enough to hold those nasty little surprises he doesn't want to eat, and won't put on a lot of weight or make them high.


                              • #16
                                I've found that Absorbine flex+max is very palatable and smart-pak carries it.
                                "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

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