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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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foal won't eat grain

My 10 month old foal has never been a hardy eater. Though I believe she is in good weight. She recieves a feed mix that I have ground and when I add her mare/foal IIp she won't eat the grain. When I don't use the foal supplement she'll eat her grain better.

Is there something that I can spray or add on the suppelment to get her to eat it? This is my second tub of foal supplement and it has always been a battle to get her to eat it.

Thanks Dr. Getty.

Where are you from? NE Ohio

How did you locate this forum? a friend

Re: foal won't eat grain

Hi Lina,

Yes, there are several "tricks" you can try to help her eat her supplement. First, try adding some apple cider vinegar to the meal. It will moisten the feed and therefore make everything stick together. Most horses love apple cider vinegar. Start with a small amount of Mare/Foal IIP so the added taste of the apple cider vinegar is the predominant new taste.

Another thing you can consider is Aperti -- these are flavored oils that are designed to add to meals to disguise the taste of supplements or medications.

Finally, you can go to the bakery aisle in your grocery store and pick out a few different extracts. Horses love banana, molasses, peppermint, and anise (licorice) flavors. Add one or two drops, along with some water, and mix it all together.

Keep me posted!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO