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    09-04-2009, 09:24 AM
Off her hay?

Hay has not really ever been one of Carolina's favourite foods it seems. But she still ate it. The barn manager where she is now said that she'll eat her grain just fine but barely touches her hay. I checked the hay and it's much better quality than what I had, so I don't know what to think.

Could she be needing her teeth floated? I honestly don't know the last time it was done.
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    09-04-2009, 09:30 AM
Our horses typically get off their grain or dunk it it water if they need their teeth done, but I suppose she may need it.

Some horses are funny about hay. I have some that will eat any kind no matter what. But I do have a couple that wont eat higher quality hay, and I don't know why.
    09-04-2009, 10:04 AM
As a matter of routine, the teeth of a horse should be "floated" ( we Brits say "rasped") every six months.
Apart from potential eating problems now and in the future - unlevel teeth might give problems with the acceptance of the bit and head shaking in general.

Barry G
    09-04-2009, 10:35 AM
If she is off hay due to a different type/batch then I'd say she just isn't liking it. Quality is in the tastebuds for horses. ;) I'd try a different type/batch... Give her alfalfa pellets, cubes, beet pulp, maybe a senior feed or some other type of roughage to keep her from losing weight if necessary.
    09-04-2009, 10:40 AM
Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
As a matter of routine, the teeth of a horse should be "floated" ( we Brits say "rasped") every six months.
Apart from potential eating problems now and in the future - unlevel teeth might give problems with the acceptance of the bit and head shaking in general.

Barry G
Not every horse needs their teeth rasped twice a year. IMO, too often is as bad as not often enough.
    09-04-2009, 10:48 AM
A horse generally need its teeth floated about every 6 months to a year, so if it's been over a year, than definitely give the vet a call.

Anyways, not eating hay is not normally a sign of a horse needing its teeth floated, but I could be. It's possible that your horse isn't eating his hay because she I still getting used to the new place. Did you feed her her hay in a net or on the floor? How does this place feed her? If she still isn't eating her hay, than try to feed her alfalfa cubes. Put them in a bucket and put warm water in the bucket. Mash the food together and tadaa! It might be more interesting for her to eat that way. Good luck!

P.S. If this continues, call a vet ;)
    09-04-2009, 02:22 PM
Hmm she does like her alfalfa mash. She is a diva of course.

They're feeding her the hay in a stall rack. Since I've had her she has been slow to eat hay unless she's starving (like I've missed a feeding and she'll eat her hay and look at me with a "I can't believe you forced me to eat hay" look).

The chiropractor is coming on Wednesday to work on her then after that I'll schedule a vet appt to have her floated.
    09-04-2009, 06:48 PM
That's great that you are getting "professionals" to deal with her. Hahaha! Anyways, has she always been fed her hay in a stall rack? If not, they should feed her like she used to be fed. Horses get funny like that. Also, try putting the hay on the floor. It's "fun" for a horse sometimes and mixes up the way of eating. She might like ti better. It also is better for their necks. Worms aren't a problem as long as she gets dewormed monthly. Uhm, if she likes alfalfa, then you could feed her that instead of hay. They both are bulks so yeh...
    09-04-2009, 07:22 PM
I'd be looking at teeth as well. When she eats other things, does she move her head around funny like she's trying to manipulate the feed in her mouth? Watch that especially with any dry feeds (pellets, grains, etc.)

And to Barry -- not all horses need their teeth done every 6 months. My one girl has been here 3 years and still hasn't had them done -- and the vet HAS looked. My other girl has been here a year and still doesn't need it. I've had and seen lots of horses that go for years without floating. It depends on the horse, their age, their health and their diet. Generally, the more free range grazing they have, the less they need their teeth done.
    09-04-2009, 07:31 PM
Nope - she hasn't had any problems eating any of her other food, except acting like she's not getting fed enough. (she is believe me!)

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