How to get your horse to take meds using homemade treats

The perfect camo for sneaking meds to your horse

A client recently had to give her picky eater horse meds 2x per day. She did a bit of searching and found these gorgeous muffin-like treats that were soft enough to stuff the pills into and sticky enough that her horse couldn’t pick the meds out. They worked perfectly- the only downfall they were $30 per bag! For anyone that has a horse on meds long term that really adds up fast.

I figured there had to be a way to come up with an alternative that was more reasonable. I tested out my no-bake horse treats and they seem to work okay for hiding pills. The only problem is you would still have to have the time to make them, which for some is just not gonna happen.

$$$ saver alternative

I wanted to find a solution that is cheap, zero work, and horse approved. Cue the handy dandy pitted date pill camo. 

Trying to get a horse to take meds doesn't have to be a pain in the fanny. Check out this easy DIY pill camo idea on the blog at Insightful Equine.

Pitted dates are hollow which makes them perfect for filling with pills or supplements. Stuff them with meds and feed them like treats. 

Trying to get a horse to take meds doesn't have to be a pain in the fanny. Check out this easy DIY pill camo idea on the blog at Insightful Equine.

I didn’t have any meds handy so carrot slices represent pills in this pic. Rudy says carrots are the cure for everything anyway 😉

Trying to get a horse to take meds doesn't have to be a pain in the fanny. Check out this easy DIY pill camo idea on the blog at Insightful Equine.

Once the meds are inside you can pinch them shut. The dates sticky center keeps the horse from spitting out the pills and most horses find them to be very tasty. They won’t go bad sitting out at the barn. And the best part is they’re super cheap. You can pick them up at most grocery stores or get them here. Just make sure that you get the ones that are pitted. For larger meds I would recommend medjool dates. They’re a bit bigger and usually have a larger hole in the center.

* If you have a horse that is on a low sugar diet dried fruits would not be a good option for them.

Insightfully,

Becky

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  1. Misty Kale

    Love this idea! Who would of thought about dates but that is brilliant! Nice and sweet and the horses love them 🙂

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