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KeeleyAndRuby

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Fussy Eater

My mare is 16hh ish and 7 years old, She was starved for a year (not me!) She had no hay, food or grass, nothing. At the moment Im trying to put weight on her and I am getting weight on her successfully BUT she is very fussy.

At the moment she is on spillers conditioning cubes and alfa a originial with some garlic. She is leaving her food though, does anyone have any tips or anything i can give her to encourage her to eat her food?

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: Fussy Eater

 Are you feeding her hay? That can be good for them if they are putting on weight, try adding incentives like carrots, or treats such as polos or crushed mints in her food. hope this helps, my mare is the complete opposite and will eat anything!

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stellazing

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stellazing says:

Re: Fussy Eater

 My friends mare is really fussy. We slice carrots and apples up really thin slices and that uauslly gets her eating! Also if the garlic tastes too strong Tal wont eat it so could try a feed without to see if that helps x

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KeeleyAndRuby

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Re: Fussy Eater

She has lots of hay. And she has carrots, parsnips, apples, polos etc but she will sometimes leave them as well. Also she likes the garlic

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Fussy Eater

Apple juice is good for disguising any medications in feed, as most horses like the flavour, so she may well eat up if some is added to hers.

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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KeeleyAndRuby

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Re: Fussy Eater

thank you shall try that

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Fussy Eater

My warmblood tends to graze his feeds, he will still have some breakfast left at lunch time.  If there's no calm and condition in it he sometimes won't eat it at all, but as greyandbay says apple juice does tempt them quite well.  I presume her teeth are OK?

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rach82

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rach82 says:

Re: Fussy Eater

Seen as you have tried all the usual treats - what about a splash or molassess?

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Fussy Eater

Definitely apple juice is good, another thing is maybe try condityioning mix rather than cubes. The old boy that lives with Coco is a really fussy eater, wont eat cubes, wont eat dengie or chaff of any sorts but he loves mix probably coz its a bit stickier due to the molasses or as Rach82 says maybe just buy some molasses to sweeten it all up! 

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KeeleyAndRuby

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Re: Fussy Eater

Ive tried molasses. She has a molasses lick but she dont eat that either, she wont eat lickit either

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