Should I try soaking hay?
Since moving my mare home I've learned quite a bit about her. And have had multiple questions come up.
Chessie is a picky mare. I had noticed at her boarding barn she would pull her hay out of the feeder, paw and pick through it, and nibble at what she wanted. So I wasn't surprised when she was doing the same thing at home.
I did notice that there were several bites of hay she apparently started to eat and then spit out. And she's not really eating her hay in the evening when she's stalled. She's on a grazing muzzle during the day until she acclimates to pasture. I'm worried about her forage intake.
She did just have her teeth checked and passed in January at her annual physical. She's 23. She has no problem with her feed or her cookies.
The hay seems fine, I went through it, checked the smell, it's not dusty or moldy, although I think it may be older b/c it came from apparently what was the back of the stack at the feed store.
So I'm wondering if I should start soaking her hay or if she's just being a picky-a** eater. Especially since she's been allowed a bit of grazing - maybe hay isn't good enough anymore.
And how exactly do you soak hay - for how long, etc...