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  • There has to be something she LIKES to eat

    For those of you with SUPER picky eaters - what have you found that they actually like and want to eat???

    My mares dislike list:
    Ration Balancers (Horse Sense, Buckeye, Triple Crown, TDI - I've tried all of these)
    Alfalfa Pellets
    Oats/Barley - she'll eat some, but always leave some at the bottom of the bucket.
    Rice Bran
    Soy Oil
    Senior Feeds
    Complete feeds with any of the above mentioned products
    Tri - Amino, and most supplements (including Fenugreek)

    Beet Pulp
    Beet pulp based stuff without the above mentioned

    SOOOOO - how the heck do you get it fortified enough for her to actually have a top line?? If I mix TriAmino or pretty much anything in her feed, she doesn't touch it. I'm giving TC Senior a try b/c it is beet pulp based, but she didn't eat the first bit I gave her (it's something different, it might kill her ya know). I got smartgain from smart pak hoping she would eat that (says they'll love it). Nope. It's like if her feed smells different from plain soaked beet pulp she won't touch it.

    At this point I feel like making a vit/min paste and just shoving it down her throat with a syringe.
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  • #2
    I had a horse like this too, and it was a PITA. You couldn't disguise anything enough for her.

    But anyway, cinnamon and fenugreek make great flavorings. Have you tried those? My horses go wild over anything with cinnamon in it.


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by Auventera Two View Post
      I had a horse like this too, and it was a PITA. You couldn't disguise anything enough for her.

      But anyway, cinnamon and fenugreek make great flavorings. Have you tried those? My horses go wild over anything with cinnamon in it.
      The smart gain has fenugreek - smelled great to ME, obviously not to her. I have not tried cinnamon...sounds worth a shot!
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      • #4
        Or, you could try a hamburger. LOL. We finally discovered that my mare cherished a good hamburger, complete with ketchup, mustard, and pickles. You could put bute on a hamburger and she'd have it gone in one bite. Not exactly a safe or healthy horse food, but hey, that was her one weakness. She didn't like applesauce or molasses but she'd do anything for a greasy hamburger.

        Could you try a little piece of bread, or granola bar, or something totally out of the box? Celery, pumpkin, etc?


        • #5
          Looking for a high fat feed for a skinny mare I'm trying to re-fatten, I read about Purina Ultium, and how alot of peoples' horses had a hard time accepting it. This mare decided Strategy wasn't good enough so I worried about the Ultium, but tried it anyhow.

          I'm one of those weird people who likes to test a new horse feed myself so when I opened the bag (and noticed it looked like very small dog food, the kind that looked like ground beef that came in individual pouches? What was that called?) and was kinda moist-ish, I thought she'd hate it. I tried one pellet of each kind, and one was VERY beet pulp-y...I actually thought it tasted somewhat yummy-for horse feed.

          The mare LOVES this stuff....love love love......and I can feed less of it than the Strategy...

          Give that a try, you never can tell. What one person's picky horse won't eat, yours might. It was $18.90/bag here in MD. Maybe you can find horse folk you know around that have different feeds they'd give you a lb. of to try, so you don't have to buy 50# of something your horse won't eat....
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          • #6
            My mare used to be exactly like that. HORRIBLE.

            I treated her with Rantindine (sp I always mess that up but its like Zantac150mg) for possible ulcers and then put her on digestive enzymes for 2 weeks. She hasnt given 2nd thought to not eating since.

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            • #7
              Maple Syrup? Black Strap Mollasses?

              Have you tried any of Uckele's flavourings? I think they'll send you samples...

              Flax? LinPro?

              My old Trak mare was the fussiest horse on the planet, but she loved Triple Crown Sweet feed, and I eventually convinced her that TC Sr. was ok too.

              Plain old 'lightly dressed' COB from the local feed mill? I know. Horrors. It has molasses. But ya know, you can't kill 'em with it if they won't eat it.
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              • #8
                I too would try cinnamon. My mare, who can be picky with anything not covered in sugar, or full of alfalfa or rice bran, LOVES cinnamon. As in, she looks like a drug addict after that much-wanted fix.

                Also, how much beet pulp are you giving her at once? I've found that its a ton easier to disguise a little bit of supplement in a whole bucket of soaked feed.


                • #9
                  Blush is like this.

                  She likes:

                  Cocosoya oil
                  TC Complete over TC Senior, but will eat senior
                  Strategy was a pretty big hit
                  Oats were okay

                  She loved the soaked hay cubes another horse ate--until I bought them for her and gave her her own bucket. Then she wouldn't touch them.

                  I just couldn't get supplements into her. I gave up and either dosed her with it or switched to something I could inject.

                  Her pickyness didn't change didn't change on gastrogard or ranitadine.


                  • #10
                    If you have it available, have you tried any of the Blue Seal feeds? After lots of trial and error, that is the one brand that all three of my horses love, they all eat Blue Seal Vintage Senior.

                    If you don't have Blue Seal available, try sprinkling some raspberry jello mix on the feed - which is also good for hooves and joints. My horses love that too.
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                    • #11
                      I have not met one yet that will not scoff down Purina Horseman's Edge sweet feed, usually with all kinds of supplements mixed in.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fairview Horse Center View Post
                        I have not met one yet that will not scoff down Purina Horseman's Edge sweet feed, usually with all kinds of supplements mixed in.
                        Fairview, meet Blush

                        She would eat sweet feed--that one and others--sometimes. But never with anything in it. And not in quantity.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by okggo View Post
                          The smart gain has fenugreek - smelled great to ME, obviously not to her. I have not tried cinnamon...sounds worth a shot!
                          My picky eater LOVES cinnamon. Those dreaded nasty vit-mins? With three dashes of cinnamon, it goes right down!

                          Or the toxic-sludge-like electrolytes? Cinnamon!

                          Things he won't eat:
                          sugar cubes
                          apples (whole or sauce)
                          carrot puree (although he loffs whole carrots)

                          And until cinnamon, any supplement remotely near his feed was immediately rejected. You know how humans can't be trusted....


                          • #14
                            Our picky eater will eat Omolene 400 (a beet pulp based complete feed) and will sometimes eat a little Purina Ultium and oats. He loves alfalfa hay. It is hard to own a picky eater.


                            • #15
                              hmmm... I think Im going to try the cinnamon for my picky guy. Oh, and never believe the labels when they say "Picky Eater Approved" because, THEY ARENT!
                              "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong


                              • #16
                                Have you tried Calf-Manna? What about plain corn?


                                • #17
                                  my super super picky mare loves black oil sunflower seeds! and they seem to be helping her put on weight. also i find that she eats better when she gets a couple smaller meals and not just two bigger ones. start out small, handfuls even and if she likes it thats great but if not or if you add too much at once, she gets highly offended and stops eating lol. she also does like plain high fat high fiber and omelene pellets, and recently decided beet pulp is her friend, IF you make it juuuust so! not too hot not too cold but just right with the perfect ammount of water and she loves it!

                                  she will not eat anything with oil, or corn, or sugar (except the beet pulp), so no feed with molasses will work, also no whole oats, or extruded feeds. OR any of the feeds she does like, in the wrong ammount will upset her. and supplements of any kind are a big no. i had been feeding her some exspensive flax for humans but couldnt figure out why her coat wasnt improving... until i saw my nice fat shiny goat cleaning out the mares feed tub clean one day!

                                  i really cant blame this poor horse though as she came to me with a horrible horrible mess of teeth that had never been cared for and awful ulcers as well. cant be any fun to eat when you cant chew anything.


                                  • #18
                                    Sunshine used to be like that as well. Her diet is now TC Low Starch, Beet Pulp & alfalfa cubes. However, IF I put too much water in the beet pulp & cubes, she won't eat it. She likes it to still have substance & texture. If I give her too much food at once, she also will be a bit picky about eating. Feed her inside, she won't touch it. She prefers ground dish placed in "her" spot outside in the paddock. Give her hay at the same time as her grain & she'll generally start eating the hay rather than her grain mix mash. What's the food quantity that she's getting? Also, look at Uckele... they have a few types of flavoring that you can buy from them to help "sweeten" up an icky food.
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                                    • #19
                                      You could try Purina TRIMax. Its highly palatable, and although it doesn't smell the same, when soaked it has a similar consistency to beetpulp.
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                                      • Original Poster

                                        WOWWWW you guys are quite amazing! A TON of things I haven't tried posted on here!!!!

                                        Last night I tried the TC Senior again and the Smart Gain with Fenugreek and she actually ate all but a small residual powder at the bottom of her bag. We'll see how this morning goes.

                                        Question - how much cinnamon? Just shake it in randomly? I haven't tried any Purina, Blue Seal, or some of the other suggestions. Like the flavors from Uckele - didn't even know they existed. Also, rasperry jello powder??? Hmmm. Never tried Calf-Manna either.

                                        Corn - yes, she doesn't like it. Sounds like I have lots of options for trial an error and I'll start with the Cinnamon and jello powder as they are both the easiest for me to get my hands on...

                                        Thanks for all the great suggestions!

                                        Edited to add - a couple people asked me about how much she is getting - roughly 8#/day of whatever, depending on the combination I'm trying out. She usually eats, at best, 6# of it. Fortunately she is not in terrible weight, she just lacks a topline. I've been trying to feed her a lot less in more calorie dense ways hoping that she would clean the bowl (by adding things like oil, rice bran, etc). She probably hates me b/c her food changes pretty much daily right now (a little bit at a time). I even tried feeding her lunch but she would have NO parts of it (ya know, not part of her little routine). What drives me nuts is she was doing okay with what she was getting and then all of a sudden decided she didn't like it any more. I feed her in a bag b/c she tends to wander around and drop feed - I'd go out and she would just be staring into la la land after 30 minutes, bag hanging from head completely full. That is when I threatened her with the IV....
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