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Supplement Encourager?

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    Does anyone have suggestions to make supplement giving easy on the barn staff plus be tasty enough to get a horse to eat it?

    I'm doing a five-month experiment to try and get some better hooves on my horse -- he had been "all wall, no sole" and threw shoes constantly last summer. Between a daily hoof supplement and multi-vitamin, Farrier's Fix treatments a couple times a week, and a new trim schedule, he's staring to get some nice feet.

    I'm about two months into this and he's started to avoid eating the hoof supplement/vitamin mix (scoop of Horseshoer's Secret and scoop of Accel in his morning oats/sweet feed mix). I need to do something to encourage him to eat it, but I also need to make it easy on the BO to feed -- right now, everything is packaged in sandwich baggies she just has to open and dump into his pail/mix with his grain.

    I need an additive I can put in the baggie with the rest to make it taste better/encourage him to eat it. This means it can't be too sticky so the stuff will come out of the bag and it shouldn't spoil the contents when packaging up a month's worth at a time.

    Any ideas?

    I've thought of making a cookie, but 6oz of hoof pellets is a lot to disguise in oats and molasses....

  • #2
    The easiest is electrolytes/powered gatorade mix. You may have to try some different flavors to find one he loves.


    • #3
      Buy some Keratex Hoof Gel....he doesn't have to eat it.
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      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Freebird! View Post
        Buy some Keratex Hoof Gel....he doesn't have to eat it.
        That's sorta what the Farrier's Fix does. I was trying to do an "inside & out" program to get the initial growth working, then back off the supplement to finish with just the topical application to the hoof itself to see if it would work just as well for maintenance.

        Thanks for the Gatorade idea, Joiedevie. I heard that Jell-o might help, but that would be quite a lot to have to buy!


        • #5
          I had typed a response but then remembered, you didn't really ask my opinion on what he needs or doesn't need, so to answer your actual question:

          Jello works well, and you get the added benefit of the Gelatin, which some say helps hooves. Here's a 5 lb. bag: http://www.firehousepantrystore.com/lbgelrasp5fs.html
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          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by Freebird! View Post
            I had typed a response but then remembered, you didn't really ask my opinion on what he needs or doesn't need, so to answer your actual question:

            Jello works well, and you get the added benefit of the Gelatin, which some say helps hooves. Here's a 5 lb. bag: http://www.firehousepantrystore.com/lbgelrasp5fs.html
            No worries. I know I'm probably just tossing money out the window with the supplements, but I wanted to give it a try over the winter. What's the worst that can happen -- actually work?

            Thanks for the link to the bulk Jell-o! If I found a flavor he liked, I was envisioning having to open LOTS of little store-bought packets....


            • #7
              I recently discovered that a few crushed up Starlight mints in each baggie works!


              • #8
                molasses just pour over the supps. Only thing to get my guy to eat.
                I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.


                • #9
                  I have a gallon jug of cocsoya with a pump squirter outside each stall. BO dumps supps into grain, then squirts the cocsoya over the top- horse eats all eagerly.
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                  • #10
                    Ditto adding a little bit of oil. Since I've been doing an EPSM / PSSM diet (read: lots of oil) with my horse, I've felt more confident that he's been getting all of his supplements. So it's not something you can add to the supplement baggies you make ahead of time but it's probably the cheapest and fastest way to do it if your horse will tolerate the little bit of oil.
                    Originally posted by RugBug
                    Don't throw away opportunities because they aren't coming in exactly the form you want them to.


                    • #11
                      What form is the supplement in? I used SmartHoof in the smart paks for a long time (coming off them now as stabling arrangement has changed and that has made a HUGE difference in his feet!). They were convenient for boarding situation as they're pre-measured and they are in a pellet form similar to pelleted feed-my horse eats them with his grain with no issue.

                      One thing about hoof supplements you have to keep in mind is that a hoof takes about a year to grow out, so it will take than long to see any effect from the supplement. Vets and farriers I've talked to seem split on the effectiveness of the fed supplements. Mine recommended them in addition to Keratex, so that's the route we went. I think they did help some, but the Keratex and change of environment along with my farrier changing from steel to aluminum shoes with clips were what really made the biggest difference.