Originally Posted by Solon
hay can be different even from the same grower. We've got a couple of tons of just beautiful wonderful hay right now and the horses will NOT eat it.
I understood from the vet that you have to reach way into the horses mouth to feel the back areas an see if there are any sharp edges. Maybe a call out to the vet to double check that they didn't miss something?
I'd guess it had to do with the hay change. Try some different hay and see.
Also, could you be working her too much? Did you ease into the heavy work schedule? That might make a difference. Maybe she's too tired to eat?
Then over the last week and a half since I noticed her weight dropping a little she's been resting apart from about 3 days work but it was very light work. I go pretty easy on my horses really. Im not working towards showing greatness or anything so we just kinda cruise along. Im not going to show her anymore this year apart from an ODE at the end of november.
With her eating im pretty sure its down to the amount of water. Tonight I mixed her food how I was before and she was disinterested so I added more water and she hoed it down. I also sprayed her hay with molasses and she ate it. When we first got rhodes hay last year she didnt like it but I sprayed it with the molasses and she ate it so I tried that again. The other two like the hay it was just her :roll: she was and still is fine with her lucerne hay.