We recently moved to our own farm where she now has some pasture where she can graze. At the boarding stable she had a medium sized sacrifice area of gravel and hogs fuel and no grazing access. She was fed 22 lbs of timothy a day (11 lbs twice a day). This is below the 1.5% body weight (1600 lbs) but according to FeedXL.com (Where I manage her diet) the right amount for a freshly bred Warmblood mare of her stature and activity level.
At the old barn she would eat all of her hay. I never once came an visited her and had left over hay that she didn't eat/didn't want to eat. She would eat every stem and blade.
Now that we've moved, and I have her on rotational grazing program that includes pasture recuperation time in her current sacrifice area. On the days she does graze I make sure to subtract the amount of hay in lbs per hour she's in the pasture from the daily forage total of 22 lbs.
How to figure out the amount of grass a horse eats per hour and converting that in to pounds of hay per hour:
Here's the thing; now that we've moved she doesn't eat her hay.
She loves to graze, she eats her grain & supplements and the paws and demands more. She has healthy gut sounds and I sent a fecal sample to the vet and she has ZERO worms or parasites.
She has always been one to toss her hay around and eat it, but now she's tossing it around and crapping on it. I would understand if it was a scheduled grazing day and I go the formula wrong and she was just full but even on the days where she doesn't graze she just throws it around and only eats a bit of it.
To complicate things further:
#1- she's an easy keeper, so while normally I wouldn't care and just continue with the mindset of "Whatever, do whatever you want. You're just making your hay stock last longer" EXCEPT# 2 she's pregnant and I'm concerned about the lack of nutrition and (slightly) lowered appetite.
How worried should I be? Should I just feed her less and enjoy that hay is going further or should I seriously be concerned? Should I invest in a slow feeder and just her have access to free hay and hope the slow feeder stops the waste?
Thank you in advance!