Whether feeding one of our combination herb mixes or feeding your horse the mix from their herbal sampling test, horses may be different about how they accept their new herbal formulas.
For the horse that will eat anything. Chances are you can simply add it to their current diet and they will be happy to munch it down. PLEASE WET DOWN THE FOOD IF YOU ARE GIVING POWDERED HERBS! This will make sure they are getting all their herbs and not wasting any. Some horses prefer just a bit of fluid (either water or oil) and some horses like it very wet. I prefer to feed very wet rations as the horses tend to get only dry feeds and feeding wet rations helps not only hydrate the body but also help avoid colic episodes…especially when all a horse eats for roughage is dry hay.
For picky eaters, you may need to introduce the herbs in very small amounts. Even if they pick their own herbs, some horses will be turned off when the herbs are mixed together. Sometimes it is also a matter of what foods you are mixing the foods with. If this is the case, start with a tiny pinch each feeding and increase a small amount each feeding. Picky eaters are usually not picky out of preference but out of stomach issues. They are usually concerned that something is going to hurt their stomach so occasionally you will need to have the herbs split so that stomach herbs are introduced first, and then when their stomachs are feeling better you can usually move to other herbs. Some horses also become very guarded if they have had to have a large amount of medications and it may take a few feedings for them to figure out that their new herbs are safe to accept.
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