Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton
If this is true in the spring and early summer months, it is good that you have enough new green grass to tempt your horse away from the hay, just feed less hay so there is little waste.
If this is true in the fall and winter months, you need better hay.
I make sure that I keep my animals on the maximum area of good pasture as I possibly can since they find fresh grass more palatable than dry hay. I am lucky enough to be in a farming area so finding land isn't a huge issue. Hay is local as well. My father knows most of the old farmers in the area, so I have my pick of what ever hay I want. And I get a discount if I go and pick it up off the field. Doesn't get much better than that.
I find that most people (especially in my area) keep as many horses as they possibly can on as small of an area as possible.
How silly. It's just asking to pay for hay all year long, rather than cut down on animals on the field and have a more healthy pasture.
It must be frustrating for people who don't have the option of a lot of turnout.