Originally Posted by mvinotime
I think it depends on the horse too. I have one super picky boy who wastes SOO much hay and he is my thinner build Paint. Most of his waste comes from taking a bite out of the manger in his stall and turning to look out the door hence dropping most of it on the ground just outside the stall. Some he eats but most he walks on ugh lol he leaves a trail of hay like you wouldnt believe in that stall :) my mare INHALES every single little stem of hay. Shhee would NEVER leave a morsel behind. I have taken to tossing her his "remains" that havent been stepbped on and she couldnt be happier but I know the feeling of "oh all that money down the drain" when I shovel out all the wasted icky hay. My boy is a hardkeeper too and so I always keep the manger full of hay even though he has never licked it clean. I just want to be sure he is eating all he wants o f the hay on top of the other rations he gets twice a day.
For him it would make sense to move his manger to where he goes eating. Or put his serving in a net and hang it at the door. I've had one like that. Had to put his hay to where he preferred to eat, he would paw and drag it in the middle of the stall, then pee on it