There can be a lot of reasons for horses to lose their appetite. Sometimes it can indicate an illness, other times is just means they’ve had enough.
But if your horse is otherwise healthy, but you feel it’s not eating the correct amount, here are some simple tricks to help them get a full belly.
- Give them the important stuff when they are most hungry.
Don’t let them fill up by grazing all day and then try to feed them the important supplements and nutrients they need. Prioritise the important stuff first.
- Feed them in isolation.
If they’re around other horses, try feeding them alone. This sometimes works, but can also have the reverse effect, making them feel less comfortable and less likely to eat. Experiment as see if either works for your horse.
- If they have a distaste for a necessary food, mix it with water and grain/hay.
A lot of horses won’t eat because some part of their diet just doesn’t taste great (but you know they need it!). If this happens, add the distasteful food to a sludge of water, hay and grain. This porridge-like mixture will cover the bad taste enough for your horse to get it all down.
- Make sure their diet is correct.
Get a nutritionalist or vet in to examine your horse’s diet. Dietary requirements change depending on weather, activity, age, health and a whole bunch of other things. If a horse is being fed something it doesn’t actually need, a lot of the time they’ll just refuse to eat it.
- Add some tasty stuff.
Throw in some of your horse’s favourites to encourage them to give their food a munch. Bran, molasses, honey, applesauce, grated carrot and grated apple are a few things to try.
- Make sure yourhorse has access to fresh pasture.
A horse will very rarely refuse fresh pasture. If they don’t have access, move them to a new paddock.
- Replace uneaten food.
If your horse doesn’t eat everything, make sure you remove the food after a couple of hours. Old, uneaten food isn’t appealing to anybody.
- Look for other problems.
A lack of appetite can sometimes be an indication of a larger problem. These include: disease, pain, vitamin B1 deficiency, mycotoxin poisoning (caused by fungi/mold), rotten food or stress.
Be attentive and look for other symptoms that might implicate any of these things.
24 incredible unused plane designs
These incredible designs were developed for aircraft that either never came to be, can’t yet be built, or don’t have any particular use.
But they do make for some fascinating photographs, illustrations and ideas.
Built in 1979, the NASA AD-1 proved that the wings of an aircraft could pivot quite dramatically without losing any of the planes’ stability.
The Stipa-Caproni was built in the 1930’s, with the propeller contained entirely within the fuselage. Although never put onto the production line, the aircraft worked and lead to the development of the jet engine.
The Nemuth Parasol was built by students of Miami University to prove that even a circular wing could keep an aircraft in flight.
The Vought V-173 was an experimental place developed by the US. It was able to fly exceptionally slowly.
The 281 Proteus was designed to be as efficient as possible in order to stay in the air as long as possible. This allowed the aircraft to act as telecommunication relays, though they later became obsolete with the development of unmanned aircraft.
The Blohm & Voss BV 141 was a German tactical aeroplane, notable for its asymmetry.
The Grumman X-29 was notable for its wings – which are attached to the body of the aircraft at the opposite angle to usual jet planes.
Designed for high speed, the Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster bomber placed propellers at the back of the plane to reduce drag effects.
The Sikorsky X-Wing aimed to combine the vertical lift of a helicopter with the forward speed of a jet plane. The project was dropped in 1988.
These blended wing planes where developed by Boeing, and were used to persuade NASA to arrange a contract with Boeing.
The Lockheed-Martin P-791 was designed to combine buoyancy with aerodynamic propulsion, allowing it to shift heavy cargo loads quickly.
The Russian Beriev Be-200 was a short-lived amphibious aircraft on a huge scale.
The White Knight Two is designed to carry spacecraft between the two fuselages and ferry them to the very edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was a ‘parasite fighter’ that was meant to be deployed from the bomb bay of a larger plane.
Nasa’s Super Guppy plane was designed to haul oversized cargo.
The ‘Pregnant Guppy’ was the Super Guppy’s predecessor.
The hulking Bartini Beriev VVA-14 was a soviet plane that employed vertical take-off.
The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was developed by the US during the cold war in secrecy. The aircraft would have looked very much like a flying saucer, though it had severe overheating problems that prevented its practicality.
The Snecma Flying Coleoptere was a French experimental aircraft that could take of and land vertically, removing the need for a runway.
The De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle was designed to take a single soldier into difficult-to-reach areas for reconnaissance missions.
The Puffin was designed by Nasa to carry a single pilot.
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