Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 34
Like Tree63Likes

Discuss How to Coat Pills? at the Horse Health forum - Horse Forums.

Hey all! My mare is basically on her own 6days a week, and I come ...
  1. #1
    Senior Member rascalboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    2,393

    How to Coat Pills?

    Hey all! My mare is basically on her own 6days a week, and I come out once a week to refill her meds and do stuff. She's got a little aquarium fish feeder that dispenses one of her Previcox pills every day. The only issue is that Previcox, being a canine drug originally, is meat-flavored. My mare doesn't like that taste. I need a way to coat the pills. I'm wondering if I brushed maple syrup on them in a thin coat, if it would dry totally. The pills need to be totally dry so they don't stick together, and I don't want to put them inside anything because they're JUST small enough to fit in the feeder as it is. Any ideas? I'm having trouble finding small quantities of pill coating online...

  2. #2
    Senior Member+
    XxLiveToRidexX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    11,142
    I don't think your going to have much luck....your feeding system sounds awfully interesting.

    Could you maybe just crush the pill and do her grain and supplements in baggies? Then you could add a bit of molasses or applesauce to it.
    Owned by Imperious - 1997 ArabXFriesian Gelding

    The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.

  3. #3
    Senior Member+
    jumpthemoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    8,249
    Have you tried to put it inside a soft horse treat and either hand feed it or put it in a clean feed bucket so you can watch her eat it? Something like thi:

    http://www.doversaddlery.com/uncle-j...FQZcpQoduXIAow

  4. #4
    Senior Member+
    JBandRio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    63,081
    Blog Entries
    12
    Is there nobody taking care of her for the other 6 days?
    He who thinks he can do everything or knows everything has already reached the beginning of the end.
    -- The Rothenberger Family


    Barn Swallow Jewelry on Artfire!

  5. #5
    Senior Member rascalboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    2,393
    Lol, guys, come on! I specifically said that her pills get dispensed by a machine, and therefore can not be a soupy mash of applesauce, and I also specifically said I could not put the pill inside of anything as the pill is just small enough to fit in the machine compartments on its own.

    JB- She needs 24/7 turnout, which isn't available in my area (needs enough room to wander and can't be around other horses as she gets aggressive and aggravates her joint problems) so she's self-care boarded in my friend's neighbor's front yard an hour away and so my friend watches her but doesn't drive over to do her drugs. Now, do you perhaps have any suggestions on pill coating? I contacted my local pet pharmacy for some advice but haven't gotten their response yet.

  6. #6
    Senior Member+
    XxLiveToRidexX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    11,142
    So its self-care board....so you have to do all the care? So you'd need to be there everyday anyways? Who's filling water? Who's feeding hay (not sure where your located)?

    What kind of pill machine is this?
    Owned by Imperious - 1997 ArabXFriesian Gelding

    The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.

  7. #7
    Senior Member rascalboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    2,393
    Water is in a 100gal trough, hay is in the form of an 800lb roundbale in a hay net, and as I mention in the original post, pills are dispensed in an automatic aquarium feeder. Google it if you must.
    As much as I love being interviewed, does anyone have any info on the actual topic, which is: pill coating?

  8. #8
    Senior Member buckinmare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    482
    Easy, killer, everyone is just a bit confused with how it all works. Maybe try something like coat the pill in molasses and put them individually in the freezer until you have enough frozen for however long you give them? We have molasses on our grain and it doesn't stick together too much.
    racingqueen66 and whisperbaby like this.
    B.J. ~ AQHA bay mare ~ 16 y.oWhiskey ~ Quarter black gelding ~ 18 y.o

  9. #9
    Senior Member+
    manesntails's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Hurricane Alley
    Posts
    18,423
    Blog Entries
    3
    Any coating you put on the pill is going to make the pill larger and then it's not going to fit into the dispenser. Even a hard candy coating, like what's on M&Ms is going to add bulk to the pill. I'd find another way to dispense the meds. Get horse meds that don't taste like meat or put the meds in another dispenser that WILL accommodate a larger pill or treat that the pill can be put into.

    If someone's keeping an eye on her, why not see if they'll give her a half carrot with a pill hidden it, daily? Just make a slit in the carrot with a knife and push the pill into the slit.

  10. #10
    Senior Member+
    Lopinslow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    13,293
    seems AWFULLY weird to me as well.

    a pill dispenser? really? for a horse? that makes NO sense!

    IMPO, get out there every day to take care of her and make sure she's doing okay, or find someone else to do it.
    Standing at Stud -
    "The Ultimate Version" aka "Harley" ( Good Version x Zippos Tinky Poo) unshown due to injury, but full brother to the famous mare "A Good Poo", earner of over $40,000 in Western Pleasure and #24 on the LIFETIME leading NSBA horse's list

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How to get a horses coat shiny
    By Smedleys_girl in forum Horse Grooming
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 07-18-2007, 11:16 AM
  2. Perfect coat how to?
    By rusty123rus in forum Horse Grooming
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 04-28-2007, 05:36 PM
  3. How to Give a Cat a Pill!!!
    By Gallop N Gal in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-30-2006, 07:47 PM
  4. How to clip him of his winter coat....
    By JumpsxGlory in forum Horse Grooming
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-21-2005, 11:12 AM
  5. how to acheive a good coat???
    By horseluva in forum Horse Grooming
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 10-10-2004, 05:23 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •