Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Is it "normal" for a horse to occasionally go "off it's feed?"
I'm a little worried about Cinny. He hasn't eaten his hay in about 2 days. He IS drinking and he IS eating his grain and alfalfa pellets. He will also graze if I take him outside, he just doesn't seem to want HAY. I checked through my hay and it all seems fine. Had a couple other people at my stable check through it, they found nothing wrong. Tried feeding him off another bale, no dice. Tried feeding him some from a friend's hay that is from another grower... wouldn't eat that either. Other horses that are eating from the same lot/grower of hay as Cin are eating fine and they will even eat the stuff Cin isn't eating with no problems.
I remember this time (May) of last year he refused hay for about a week, and then suddenly went right back on it. Never could figure that one out. He also has recently been treated for ulcers and finished the meds a week ago. He is now getting SmartGut for maintenance. He doesn't seem uncomfortable, and isn't behaving nasty like he was before the ulcer treatment. He seems fine in every way, he just won't eat hay.
Could this be because I've added Alfalfa pellets to his morning grain (his grain has been cut in half since the ulcer/gastric reflux issue) and he's just getting full from the alfalfa? This is something the vet recommended for the tummy trouble as well as the lunch time pellets.
This is his daily ration
SmartGut and Smart BugOff (smartpak)
2 flakes brome/prairie hay
1/2 scoop Strategy Healthy Edge (it's different than regular strategy)
1/2 to 1 scoop alfalfa pellets (I started giving him extra when he stopped eating hay)
Lunch 1 scoop alfalfa
2 flakes brome/prairie nay
1/2 scoop purina strategy healthy edge