How to Get a Horse to Eat Powdered Supplements (Fix Picky Eater) – Silver Lining Herbs

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

“How can I get my horse to eat your products?” Or “Horse eating grains and grass but not hay” or “not eating what you are serving”. A simple question we get on occasion. Here you will get a simple step-by-step solution to your problem.

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 the 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 of it. 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.

3 thoughts on “How to Get a Horse to Eat Powdered Supplements (Fix Picky Eater)

  1. I feed chaffhaye which is a wet fermented alfalfa hay. I put just enough chaffhaye that the herbs will stick to, then mix that with their grain. Even my picky eater will clean it up!

  2. I have stopped the Probiotic and he is almost cleaning everything up again. Plus I started the Immune Support back to get ready for a big show in 2 weeks.

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