Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Horses like what they are used to and hate change, but I've never seen a horse starve itself with hay available. Our mares are used to their orchard/fescue mix, but in the bad drought year in NC when there was NO fall hay (luckily years past now), we had to feed the 'northern' hays that were trucked in. Did they pick through it for a couple days...yes, but they did eat every bit of it through that entire winter.
In my opinion, unless they started seriously foraging for food (e.g. eating weeds, leaves, etc), I would just let them get hungry until they ate the new hay rather than encourage being fussy.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.