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        02-13-2011, 07:58 AM
    Arabian slow to graze after move..

    Hello everyone.
    I am new to this forumn and am looking forward to writing, reading and chatting with everyone.

    I just moved my gelding to a new boarding facility just over a week ago. I brought a big bag of his feed with us so that he can gradually be introduced to the new, similar feed, however, it is the hay that he is turning down.

    The hay is high quality tightly packed and smells great, however, even yesterday when I threw a flake outside for him, he barely picked at it.

    I know that all changes take time and are adjustments. When we moves our mare a while back she didn't like the water and it took a while for her to adjust...just thought Hay would be different and in this cold weather, I want to make sure he eats enough and stays warm!

    Thoughts would be appreciated.
    Thank you!
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        02-13-2011, 08:32 AM
    I got my new horse about a month ago. He was a wreck for days and didn't really eat normally for about a week. I hardly saw him eat hay for a couple days. My trainer that I got him from said not to worry. He is fine now and eating tons!
        02-15-2011, 01:35 AM
    What kind of hay were you feeding and what kind is he getting now? Hay is different from different parts of the country and even from different years. My mare decided she only liked grass hay one year and wouldn't eat the stemier Timothy. How about hay cubes? You can get a Timothy/alfalfa mix or straight Alfalfa. Just measure them in a bucket and soak them down pretty good so they don't cause a choke. Try wetting his dry hay down too, maybe it's too dry for him. I'm sure he'll get used to it soon, if that's all he has; but I know how you feel.

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