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post #21 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, thanks for all your advice and you are all right, I need to just change the hay, but I found out part of our problem is there is a horse at our barn, who is a mare, but has an overactive ovary and is producing testosterone so it's basically like she is a stallion. All our boy horses are gelded so she is the only one there doing that and she is making our horse crazy. I wish there was a simple solution to this problem, but other than spaying my horse, which I don't know if I want to do, there is nothing I can do. I am giving my horse Mare Magic and Quietex to help calm her down some and she is ok when my daughter gets her out to ride her. Hopefully things will calm down soon.
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post #22 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 10:00 AM
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I had a horse get impacted from one lunch of coarse hay she was not used to. It can happen. That said many horses go into new homes with no history of what they were eating & do well.

Could the OP's horse go out to pasture with the others but eat hay separated?

I also value integrity but unless the old owners can give a specific reason to not feed a certain hay the new owners have to do what is best for the horse & themselves. If you want to keep control over a horse don't sell it.
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post #23 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 10:33 AM
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Seams like you need to have a buddy in the field with her. Try putting a donkey, goat, cow, or pony in with her. If you feed them same hay, they should be fine. My horse HATES to be alone and WILL jump over fence if I leave him by himself longer than an hour. I own goats, so they can be okay with any kind of hay, except Timothy, which causes urine problems in Males.

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post #24 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 10:54 AM
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You gave your word and that's good of you but it's now causing a problem for you. It seems like this horse is having issues with separation anxiety and that's causing a problem for her. It's nice to be able to switch over to the new hay gradually, but I don't think it's really necessary in her case. I think she needs to be with other horses more than anything else. I bought my gelding last winter and started him out on my own hay immediately, no problem. I don't have any idea what they were feeding him, didn't ask, but I feed a good grass hay and he never had a problem adjusting to it, no colic. I think maybe you are worrying a bit too much.
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post #25 of 29 Old 04-09-2012, 09:53 AM
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Sorry folks - once you purchase ANYTHING - it belongs to you to work, love, handle, care for, etc - as you see fit. If the mare had specific health needs that required her to be on that hay then it would be a completely different situation.

Why should the previous owner control the new owners checkbook?!
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I got my horse March 18 of this year. She had been at her previous barn her entire life (10 years.) Making a transition like this is stressful for the horse. Mine was a WRECK, constantly calling, we couldn't get but maybe 20 feet from the barn without her getting anxious, she didn't eat the first day, etc. My mare is also dominant...is she by chance in heat? Mine was when I brought her over which made her buddy issue much worse. She wouldn't go anywhere without at least one of the other horses that week. She was a real mess! We also changed her over to a different feed and hay, but transitioned slowly over the course of a week by mixing the old with the new. I can say that just a couple weeks later she has been increasingly better, but she is kind of buddy sour to a certain extent. Each day it seems as though her security bubble is getting bigger and bigger. We can now get relatively far from the barn (other horses) and she calls once or twice, but then gets right to work and relaxes. Just give your horse time...life changes like this can really do a number on them:)

Also, was she a stall kept horse before? Or had she had turn out time? Mine had been stall kept so being turned out 24/7 (only in 2x a day for feeding and if the weather is bad) was overwhelming at first.

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post #27 of 29 Old 04-09-2012, 08:51 PM
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Going FROM alfalfa TO grass hay can be done instantly.

Going TO alfalfa FROM grass needs to be introduced slowly since alfalfa is a great deal richer than most grass hays.

Anytime you upgrade a feed product or go to a richer product, it should be done slowly. Moving laterally along lines of feed products doesnt typically need long changeover times.

I have switched from one feed to the next between even feed products when I have ran out of say, Purina strategy and changed over to Safechoice or one of Nutrenas Life Design feeds....no issues because they are all practically the same product with small differences. Most of them have very similar ingredients anyway and so long as the fiber fat and protein is similar, I have been able to switch quickly with no issues. This is absolutely the case with most pelleted feeds that are all pretty much based around the same things. (and sometimes the case with sweet feeds...but I don't use them anymore)

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Changing the hay will not colic a horse unless you are changing to a high powered hay like alfalfa too quickly. You can completely change between different types of grass hays however from one feeding to the next and it will not affect normal horses.
Horses can and do colic on switching from 1 cutting of grass hay to another cutting. You should be able to change her over in less than a week though. It may take her a bit to get used to the new hay and she might not eat as much right away
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post #29 of 29 Old 04-09-2012, 09:22 PM
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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.
That is why she is not wanting to eat it. It's not as tasty as the alfalfa hay and will take her some getting used to it.
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