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post #1 of 4 Old 01-04-2011, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Hay and Feed - Colic?

So my horse came home today. At my house we give hay in the morning and at night. We also give a mixture of sweet feed and complete feed. My horse came around 11 and got introduced and everything. We gave all the horses some feed and hay tonight, the boys got a greatly reduced amount of feed and the mare got a little bit so we can slowly introduce her to getting feed. Now we have a differant type of hay that she got at the barn. Should I worry about her getting colic from it? I went out about 20 minutes ago and she wasn't eating any hay. She's used to having it 24/7 and eating whenever she wants, not when its available. Should I just give her a couple days to settle in before worrying about her not eating when its available?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-04-2011, 08:11 PM
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I try to do the same feeding schedule as the previous owners for the first week of arrival. This assumes that previous feeding was a good regime, of course. You may not be able to do that, so go as close as possible. Then gradually start changing her diet to what you want.

For the hay, twice a day is probably ok, but maybe for the first couple of days, if you can, check on her in the early afternoon and throw her a flake or two. Just for security.
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Yea my mom works from home so in the morning before school I feed the horses their grain and hay. Then around 4:30 I feed them all again. My mom will check periodically through the day and until Regena gets settled we're throwing in a lot more hay then usual.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-04-2011, 09:25 PM
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I would make sure you switch her slowly to your new grain. The hay she might not like that much. She'll eat it when she gets hungry enough . Make sure there are 50% more piles of hay than horses. So if you have 4 horses, you should have at least 6 piles of hay. I like to do double the hay piles. That way the horses have to move around from pile to pile to eat, and no one gets left out.
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