We have all been there… in the urge of giving medicines to a picky eater horse. This applies to horses, dogs, cats, and husbands (just kidding). I have struggled with this over the years and also find that one route that works well does not mean it is permanent.
Take Spike. He gets a Prascend pill every day. I started off giving this medicine to my horse in a carrot. But then he decided he didn’t want carrots after a while. So, I gave it to him in a handful of grain (always over the aisle mats, so I could see if he spit it out while eating the grain). Then, he decided maybe the grain wasn’t so interesting.
So, I migrated to crushing a soft peppermint and giving the pill with the peppermint pieces. It worked like a charm until he got disinterested in peppermints. So, now I am on the German Horse Treats. I take about a third, wrap the pill in the middle, and make a ball so that he doesn’t know it is there.
When you are crushing pills, there are several methods:
When you are giving medicine to your horse via a dosing syringe:
About mixing substances
And, remember, your horse can outsmart you! To make it a positive experience, try giving the mixing substance without medicine before and after giving medicine to your horse. So, if you give in a handful of grain, give a little before, a little with the pill, and a little after—same thing for pieces of carrots or apples.
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