Won’t take his Meds – SOS – Sent to the Horse Community
Sharon & Ace’s story
Ace was showing all the signs of Gastric Ulcers so Sharon ordered Abprazole Granules that had been recommended by her vet. Well seems Ace is pretty hard to fool! This was Sharon’s email to us.
“So far, I have not been able to get Ace to eat the granules. Can you believe that when I gave it to him mixed with sweetfeed, I came back to find all the sweetfeed gone and a little pile of blue granules in the dish. I have no idea how he could possible separate it out. I have tried several carriers with no luck. It would help if he liked molasses or corn syrup, but no dice. He’s not the least bit fooled by applesauce or ground carrots. My last hope is that if I can get it into a horse cookie, it might work”.
Guess what? Ace didn’t go for the cookie either. So we then suggested to Sharon to put the granules in a syringe and administer that way.
Sharon’s response: “Syringe? Hahahahahahaha not worth your life to try it. I have the damaged neck and shoulder to prove it.
SOS – Sent to the Horse Community
So we took Sharon’s dilemma to the horse community on Abler’s Face book page and here are some of the suggestions from our Fans. Help the Horse Owner Solve this Problem.
Apple cider vinegar. Does an awesome job of masking flavors & most horses like it. Use enough (1-2 ounces) to make the grain damp so the granules stick to the grain.
We added soy oil to the feed – sticks nicely, won’t sugar the horse up, and had the added benefit of improving coat and skin quality. Any oil that your horse likes would probably work well.
April Richelle Whitson
I have a horse that is soooo anti meds it’s ridiculous sometimes. I’ve tried hollowing out veggies and fruits, I’ve tried oils and honey and molasses. But what has worked WONDERS for me is nutrena safe choice grain has one called special care that is specifically designed with low sugar and starch which from what I read is best for ulcers anyway. And it breaks up really easy. So I make sure the grain is kinda broken up, and then add dry molasses which really has about the same texture of the Abprazole granules and he can’t really tell the difference in texture enough to pick them out. I also put his grain the the bowl and sort of hollow out the middle and put the granules in the middle like you would mashed potatoes and gravy and most the time I get lucky and once I cover it with the dried molasses that’s the first bite and it’s over! Good luck!
Holly Gregory Bachmeyer
Try soaked alfalfa pellets or adding ground flax seed. The granules would mix with the powder and they shouldn’t be able to separate them out.
I soak meds in oatmeal for my horses. Just plain oats and slightly warmed.
I use honey, from a squeezy bottle – a squeeze of honey, Abprazole granules on top, and then more honey – all on top of a feed. The honey gets hoovered up in one go and then gets chased down by the feed. And the honey doesn’t seem to dissolve the granules coating as wet feeds do, plus it keeps the granules together so they go down in one!