For those that read my last thread about our pregnant mare, we ended up with a gorgeous and flashy filly! She's 8 days old today and a little spit fire!
The other day she decided she wasn't eating the "mash" I mixed up (alfalfa pellets, mare and foal grain, and rice bran). I figured it may have been a texture issue with the rice bran so I took it out and did the grain/alfalfa. No go.. Wouldn't touch it. So I tried again without soaking it. She picked through it and ate the grain. This morning I did just rice bran and grain and she devoured it.
Is this normal for them to not want alfalfa? She has a huge feeder in her pasture with a bale of alfalfa and a bale of grass hay (we free feed everyone). She won't touch the alfalfa. This is suppose to be a mare who doesn't like grass hay.
Where do I go from here? What can I possibly give to her to replace the alfalfa or is the rice bran and grain enough? She's put on some weight in the last few weeks and I think she looks great. Nice shiny cost, etc. but I would like to not see her ribs anymore. Or is that asking a lot of a lactating mare who was already thin?
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