Originally Posted by Country Woman
horses are more picky about the grass than cows and other grazing animals
Care to come tell my cows that?
My cows will NOT eat hay that falls on the ground, if it's not in their feeder, it's not getting eaten and it's not for lack of quality because if I pick up the dumped hay and put it back in the feeder, they eat it.
Horses make just as big a mess but they at least will clean up the edible stuff when the feeder runs out!
My horse has only ever seen a cow from a really far distance. I could yank hay out of my cow's mouth and go feed it to him and he wouldn't care. As long as the hay is good quality and not jumping out of his feeder to bite him, food is FOOD.
Sniffing hay and then rejecting it is not due to it being in the proximity of another species at some point. Now if the horse was jammed in the furthest corner of his pen quivering away because his hay smelled funky, I might buy that theory!