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        04-06-2012, 03:17 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lwphillips70    
    I can't change the hay quickly or she'll colic.
    It's feed you have to switch gradually, not hay. Unless you're switching from something with a low nutritional content to something extremely rich, there's no reason you should have to change her hay out gradually.

    Other than the hay thing, is there any reason she can't go out with the general population?
         
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        04-06-2012, 03:27 PM
      #12
    Foal
    We would be changing from an alfalfa hay to a lesser hay. That was one reason we almost didn't get her because the previous owners wanted her to stay on that hay and we may not have been able to get her if we didn't keep her on it and my daughter had connected so well with her that I had to agree.
         
        04-06-2012, 03:28 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Other than they hay, I don't see why she couldn't go in the general pop. It be cheaper on me too.
         
        04-06-2012, 03:33 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lwphillips70    
    We would be changing from an alfalfa hay to a lesser hay. That was one reason we almost didn't get her because the previous owners wanted her to stay on that hay and we may not have been able to get her if we didn't keep her on it and my daughter had connected so well with her that I had to agree.
    Well, the horse is yours now... so you call the shots on what is best for her. And being in a herd is what is best for any horse.

    I wouldn't fret over the changing of the hay. She probably won't even notice.
         
        04-06-2012, 03:37 PM
      #15
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lwphillips70    
    We would be changing from an alfalfa hay to a lesser hay. That was one reason we almost didn't get her because the previous owners wanted her to stay on that hay and we may not have been able to get her if we didn't keep her on it and my daughter had connected so well with her that I had to agree.
    She's your horse now. Her former owner has squat to say about what hay she gets.

    Going from alfalfa to a less rich hay can be accomplished in a day. I'm happy that you've taken the horse's health into consideration, but really, she'll be fine if you switch her hay.

    She'll be much happier in a herd situation, being a herd animal. I say put her in with the general population. You'll all be much happier.
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        04-06-2012, 03:48 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    It seems to me, the issue isn't the hay, but rather the fact that you gave your word to the previous owner who cared enough about the horse to insist on not changing the hay.

    I've got to say I admire you for meaning what you say. You gave your word and you stick to it. This is a quality that speaks volumes about your character. I for one applaud you. "Unto thy ownself, be true". I ask, what is a man, or woman, without honor and integrity?

    At some point, you're going to run out of hay. What then? I mean, this does seem a little open ended to me. Maybe you could speak with the previous owner and work something out where you can keep your word to him and the previous owner will also be kept whole in the process?

    Try to renegotiate?
         
        04-06-2012, 03:52 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Gunslinger, why do you think the previous owner should have any say? They sold the horse for a reason.

    If I sell my truck, I don't get to tell the new owner what they can or can't do with it. Works the same for anything you sell.

    I for one would never purchase an animal from someone who thinks they should be able to retain control over ANY aspect of the animal's life. I think the OP is a noob and the previous owner took advantage of that fact, which I find reprehensible.
         
        04-06-2012, 04:08 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I know you are all right that she's ours now and we can do whatever we want. They were just so nice a agreeable with us and their daughter, which is the one who trained the horse, is willing to come to my daughter's lessons and help her learn how the horse was trained. I guess I am just a wimp and don't like to make anyone mad.
         
        04-06-2012, 04:08 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    It has nothing to do with the horse or the hay. It has to do with personal integrity.

    This young lady has it.

    As she gave her word she feels obligated to honor her commitment. I place much value on a persons word and admire those who understand commitment. It's an honorable trait and something I've tried to instill in my kids.

    If it were me, I'd speak with the former owner and ask for advice on how to transition the horse.
         
        04-06-2012, 06:30 PM
      #20
    Trained
    I think I would want to know WHY they were so insistent about....hay? Then tell them you are having difficulty keeping her on it.

    I also agree I would be a bit leary that this horse may be one who gets buddy sour really easily. That is one thing I cherish about my current guy-he can stay in or our allay alone and not a care in the world.
         

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