How to Get a Horse to Eat Powdered Supplements (Fix Picky Eater)

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Three horses eating out of a large wooden bale of hay

Simple questions we receive on occasion:

  • “How can I get my horse to eat your products?” or
  • “Why is my horse eating grains and grass, but not hay?” or
  • “Why is my horse not eating what you are serving?"

Here you will get a simple step-by-step solution to your problem.

Three horses eating hay in a field

Most of us here mix the herbs with whole oats, add an ounce or two of our Hemp Seed Coconut Oil or some water to help the herbs stick to the oats, and stir them together. They love it, and lick their grain pan clean.

However, if a horse is a little picky and it is the first time giving the herbs, you may need to use one of these little tricks.

Here are 6 tips to help the picky eater:

  1. Start with only giving one product initially and add in any others over the course of a couple of days.
  2. Give a smaller dose, say 1/4-1/2 of the recommended dose. Then, work up to the full recommended amount.
  3. If your horse is eating hay, you can give some of the herbs mixed with the grain on top of the hay so they have to sift through it in order to get hay.
  4. If able, you can leave the grain pan/bucket in with the horse for as long as needed to allow them to pick throughout the day.
  5. Our Hemp Seed Coconut Oil can also be used to help with the smell and taste. Horses seem to love the taste of the nutty flavor in the hay. We do suggest staying away from anything sugary, such as molasses, to mask the taste. Molasses is terrible for horses!
  6. Make a paste by adding a small amount of water to the powder to make a paste and give it with a syringe on the back of the tongue.

Over the years we have never had one of our personal horses not take a liking to the herbs after a few days. In fact, if they don’t get their herbs, they seem disappointed.

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