My pony has become very fussy and isn’t eating his feed

My pony has become very fussy and isn’t eating his feed, he loves the grass in the paddock, but what can I do to get him eating his feed again?

As we are now experiencing autumn grass growth, we have seen a sudden flush of short, sweet grass. This can often result in horses finding their bucket feed less palatable, compared to their grazing. We already add natural herbs to our feeds which horses find very tasty. But if required additional tempts could be used temporarily during this autumn flush.

Tempts you could try include, adding a small amount of:

  • Mint
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Natural unsweetened apple and/or blackcurrant juice

Adding warm water to your horses feed can also help to release stronger flavours and smells. However, even for some, this won’t quite be enough and they may feel over faced by a large meal after pigging out on grass, so what now? If your horse is in good condition, his feeding amounts can be reduced and if this then falls below recommended amounts, we can pop in a general purpose vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure the horse will receive a balanced diet. Unfortunately, hay and grass, whilst the most important part of a horses diet, will not provide them with all the essential vitamins and minerals they need.