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    11-24-2008, 10:24 AM
Horse not eating her hay

Where I board they just got a different batch of hay in. It is clean hay but more strawish then grassy. All of the horses at the barn eat it cept for April. She will spread it all over her stall and is just overall not happy about it. Since it has been cold out there isnt any grass out in the pasture but she has eaten every last leaf out If I dig through the hay bales there, I can find more grassy hay and she will eat that right up. She gets grain once a day and has no problem eating that so I know she isnt sick or anything.

Is there anything that I can put on the hay to encourage her to eat it? I've tried sprinkling her grain in it but she just spreads the hay all over worse. They are going to get better hay in soon, but it has been tuff to come by.
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    11-24-2008, 10:37 AM
She will eat it when she's hungry enough (and she won't starve). We went through this a couple years ago with one of our mares who was 'spoiled' after a load of very leafy hay. She would pick at the stemier stuff until she finally realized that if she didn't eat it, the other mares would and there would be nothing left for her.
Though we like to see our horses 'happy', I wouldn't foster being fussy by sorting through the bales, IMHO.
    11-24-2008, 02:21 PM
Ya, she gets fed in the stall and then turned out (well she is in overnight). The BO husband has been doing most of the feeding and has been complaining to me about all of her wasted food. She likes to drag the hay to the back of the stall and then poop or pee on it. I guess I have a hard time mentally leaving it in there when she does that. I do chores 3-4 times a week, so I see her on a regular basis.

I just didnt know if she could have any outcome from not eating all of her food... she hasnt lost any weight she just seems very upset with
    11-24-2008, 02:34 PM
She doesn't quid it does she?
    11-24-2008, 02:41 PM
Originally Posted by moomoo    
She doesn't quid it does she?
Please explain? I guess I don't know what quid means...thanks
    11-24-2008, 03:18 PM
Kind of like, chew it but chewed up mush bits fall out of their mouth, hmm... I might have to google it for a better explanation
    11-24-2008, 03:20 PM
No... she just plain doesnt eat it. Im not sure what it is, I can't find any weeds or anything in it. Maybe I just have a picky eater
    11-24-2008, 03:21 PM
Here is a slightly better description:
quidding, it refers to an eating condition. The horse has a mouthful of food and tries to chew, but drops a lot or even a large ball of food out of its mouth.
    11-24-2008, 03:22 PM
Yeah she probably is just fussy, Misty never used to eat haylage but now she LOVES it
    11-24-2008, 03:31 PM
If you feel she needs more then she is getting you can add some beet pulp or alfalfa cubes/pellets until they get better hay ...

Some horses just don't like some types of hay and won't eat it ...

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