Picky Eaters

Have you ever had a horse who was a picky eater or decided he no longer wanted to eat what you offered him? Tell us about your experiences and how you convinced him to eat!


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Refusing quality hay since he tried hay cubes. Right now he has me trained.

3/6/2017 11:41:48 PM

It was a case of needing her teeth floated.

3/6/2017 9:42:19 PM

years ago, now I know she probably had ulcers

3/6/2017 8:04:59 PM

I added dry molasses which she enjoyed then gradually backed off of it.

3/6/2017 7:14:03 PM

I used sugar free flavoring for my EPSM Horse.

3/6/2017 5:30:50 PM

Get small amounts of feed to try from friends to see what he'd eat.

3/6/2017 1:07:50 PM

She won't eat her alfafa cubes now the same. She used to love them.

3/6/2017 12:43:54 PM

My horses have all been little piggies, maybe because they get very little grain, mostly hay, grass

3/6/2017 12:28:39 PM

I mixed everything in honey and oats until he started eating again

3/6/2017 11:59:49 AM

My 12 yr.old Arabian gelding ate only pasture grass in Summer and a regular diet of hay flakes&grain

3/6/2017 9:25:40 AM

She only refused to eat her feed laced with TriHist

3/6/2017 9:04:18 AM

Have been fortunate that all have been robust eaters. Red flag if off feed.

3/6/2017 5:33:37 AM

Leave the hay in the manger, when the horse gets hungry, they eat.

3/5/2017 8:08:28 PM

used newer hay and a hay bag

3/5/2017 7:25:40 PM

Just very nervous and has to have buddy next to her. If buddy is not there she stop eating.

3/5/2017 7:21:11 PM

had the vet ck for ulcers

3/5/2017 7:07:13 PM

picked him 3 buckets of fresh grass a day and offered him grass nuts with added mint

3/5/2017 6:41:14 PM

changed feed

3/5/2017 4:10:24 PM

So far at least

3/5/2017 4:05:19 PM

mixed with water and molasses

3/5/2017 3:40:30 PM

Have added aloe juice to a picky senior horse and it has helpedwith appetite

3/5/2017 2:33:18 PM

Sprouted oats is something that she will go mad for

3/5/2017 6:05:53 AM

added koolaide to their meds

3/5/2017 12:38:21 AM

Seems to get bored with the feed. I either change the chop I feed with the hard feed.

3/4/2017 8:37:16 PM

Had to switch supplements!

3/4/2017 8:06:48 PM

offered him the same food in pellet mash

3/4/2017 7:58:41 PM

Mule that only wants Alfalfa, hide handfuls of grass in her flakes &added wet hay pellets&beet pulp

3/4/2017 12:56:27 AM

Equine epicures all :-) I always let 'em try a few bales before ordering quantity.

3/4/2017 12:19:00 AM

feed boiled or soaked oats with a little bran and molasses. Never had a horse refuse that mix.

3/3/2017 6:25:47 PM

especially around any medicine he needed. I had to dose him w/syringe

3/3/2017 4:00:44 PM

at a TB rehab facility; mixed in sliced carrots w their grain; hand grazing

3/3/2017 3:02:12 PM

sweet feed and eventually taper off...

3/3/2017 7:16:18 AM

No, my horses are pigs! Some eat slower than others, I make sure teeth are done, sep. slow eaters.

3/3/2017 3:25:21 AM


3/2/2017 8:13:16 PM

yes. reflected symptoms of 1. ulcers, 2. reaction to meds (Prascend). Resolved by vet.

3/2/2017 7:41:30 PM

I had 1 who went "off" supps. I changed the supps. ;-)

3/2/2017 7:38:53 PM

If one of my horses doesn't eat something is wrong. Immediately start looking for cause.

3/2/2017 6:30:03 PM

Tried Empower Boost by Nutrena and it changed my horse's attitude towards all food.Now a good eater

3/2/2017 4:24:15 PM


3/2/2017 2:28:08 PM

Offered different, fresher, tastier feed until the problem was solved.

3/2/2017 9:42:11 AM

Bought horse that wouldnt eat grain or supplements....SOLD IT IMMED!

3/2/2017 6:08:45 AM

Gave the horse something it would eat - different bale, chopped hay, new grain, cut out supplements

3/1/2017 11:58:07 PM

Still working on it.

3/1/2017 10:43:43 PM

My OTTB will ONLY eat ear corn or shell corn, and not cracked either! After 3 years I gave in.

3/1/2017 10:06:51 PM

Went off feed, don't know why. Mixed in Calf Manna and immediately took interest in feed again.

3/1/2017 8:40:44 PM

Sugar free syrup and coffee flavorings

3/1/2017 8:24:21 PM

keep feed / water fresh, just wait until he eats, is not underweight so I don't worry too much

3/1/2017 7:40:54 PM

all are OTTB who were fine after ulcer treatment

3/1/2017 7:39:55 PM

Freshly fround flax seed was great at stimulating the appetite!

3/1/2017 4:59:10 PM

Changed type of grain and added water

3/1/2017 4:47:54 PM

I top dress the feed for all my picky eaters with Gastromin and now they dive into the feed dish!

3/1/2017 4:26:57 PM

No, mine inhales most anything you put in front of him!

3/1/2017 3:57:13 PM

I have to change supplements or stop feeding things when he refuses them.

3/1/2017 2:07:11 PM

We have one that decides to be pick is when she has medicine in her feed but we use oil for that

3/1/2017 1:51:56 PM

nothing, they'll eat when they get hungry enough

3/1/2017 1:47:05 PM

changed out bucket, molassas, cookies

3/1/2017 1:46:11 PM

Treated for ulcers

3/1/2017 1:03:02 PM

My horse will only eat soft hay & a mixture of Gradd/Alfalfa.

3/1/2017 12:28:13 PM

This is a boarder's . I have found one particular pelleted feed that he likes...NEVER change it out

3/1/2017 11:17:08 AM

have to put in some alfalfa or won't eat.

3/1/2017 11:08:50 AM

Cushings: have a variety of safe feeds on hand and change as needed, same with treat I hide meds in

3/1/2017 10:44:31 AM

Most horses that are affected are dealing with ulcer issues

3/1/2017 10:30:44 AM

Buy something else. There's no reasoning with a picky mare!

3/1/2017 10:09:55 AM

Will eat anything in his food except himalayan salt but he loves the himalayan salt licks. Go figure

3/1/2017 9:52:27 AM

Could only provide fresh feed for an OTTB mare who is super finicky and only eats about half.

3/1/2017 8:53:03 AM

I have a couple that will refuse or pick around meds & supplements in their grain.

3/1/2017 8:23:30 AM

All my horses have always eaten well.

3/1/2017 7:33:41 AM

Chose to feed him, from a different shaped/colouredbucket

3/1/2017 7:17:54 AM

I needed to horse swallowed a medication in powder so I used carrot juice. It helped.

3/1/2017 6:33:11 AM

would not finish grains= mixed dry apple flakes with it =>finish all :)

2/28/2017 9:42:31 PM

EPM horse, made him warm mash all winter. Lost him in the spring.

2/28/2017 9:00:51 PM

Only if it had bute in it. My horses have always been pigs. :)

2/28/2017 8:37:10 PM

My horse has only rejected poor quality hay when the barn acquired some.

2/28/2017 8:28:59 PM

Switched from sweet feed to Genesis horse feed. Added Product Rebound from Biostar.

2/28/2017 7:05:34 PM

I tried to identify what he did not like and remove it from his ration. Worked well.

2/28/2017 6:59:06 PM

If the horse won't eat his normal feed Check the Feed first not the horse.

2/28/2017 6:57:08 PM

I mixed his chopped hay with Dengie Molasses Free,Forage Mix which he enjoys.

2/28/2017 6:44:55 PM

Over the years we have used Guiness, Honey Nut Cheerios, and currently Hydration Hay with our picks.

2/28/2017 6:37:10 PM

St Hippolyt feeds - organic, natural horsefeeds.

2/28/2017 6:21:07 PM

I am still working on it. He is on TC Senior. I have had to add several other things.

2/28/2017 6:15:06 PM

After awhile, she decided to eat it

2/28/2017 6:09:10 PM

I'm very picky about the hay for the horses. Haven't had any horse refuse good quality hay.

2/28/2017 6:02:07 PM

Used molasses on stick, gradually adding the food I wanted him to eat, decrease molasses.

2/28/2017 5:47:36 PM

None of my horses have been picky, but they've had preferences and I accommodate them.

2/28/2017 5:37:53 PM

While my horse shows definite preferences, he'll eat whatever he's fed.

2/28/2017 5:23:57 PM

She was a mustang and too smart for me

2/28/2017 5:21:55 PM

He was picky about his hay. Bought 1 or 2 bales to test 7 used flakes until he chose a fav.

2/28/2017 4:54:17 PM

I've used molasses to bind to supplements or meds and mixed into the feed to mask taste or smell.

2/28/2017 4:36:47 PM

If my horses wouldn't eat I would be checking on theur health real fast.

2/28/2017 3:57:46 PM

I have had some that would eat around any supplements or medicine that was added

2/28/2017 3:45:23 PM

found something he would eat

2/28/2017 2:55:58 PM

Not us but I know someone that deals with that daily.

2/28/2017 12:57:52 PM

Calf Manna or alfalfa or carrot powder added to supplemental food

2/28/2017 12:15:39 PM

They are like me. Not fussy eaters.

2/28/2017 11:49:39 AM

Water is added to all our feed but yogurt is the lure we use for picky eaters, gets them everytime.

2/28/2017 10:57:40 AM

I have 3 geldings who have never refused to eat - EVER!

2/28/2017 10:14:50 AM

Fighting this issue right now. Have reduced grain, upped forage, added ulcer meds.

2/28/2017 10:13:30 AM

He try to spit it out when their is medicine in their.

2/28/2017 10:09:32 AM

Aged Arabian stallion-refused senior one day, hay the next-liver disease was diagnosis

2/28/2017 9:26:18 AM

My nutritionist and I found a combination that worked for my picky-eater hard-keeper senior horse.

2/28/2017 8:08:02 AM

underlying disease needs to be ruled out.

2/28/2017 8:02:12 AM

Crushed up ginger biscuits in her feeds

2/28/2017 7:38:55 AM