Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois www.saddleonline.com
I have encountered this with a horse at a barn I boarded at! He would eat his grain just fine for a month or two, then just suddenly decide he was tired of it and leave it in his bucket. He had been check by several vets etc, it appeared he was just getting bored! One thing that seemed to help extend the length of time he would stay interested was switching around different top dressings- rice bran, oil, hay balancer etc. Sometimes just putting a handful of a different feed in and mixing it would help...His owner just had to switch brands/feeds every few months, he was such a picky eater and very hard to keep weight on! To this day she hasn't been able to find one he will stay on (he is now 18) but she has been able to rotate back to certain feeds after a while.
"Riding: the art of keeping the horse between you and the ground."