Horse refuses to eat hay - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 22
• Horses: 0
Horse refuses to eat hay

Hello i got a horse last summer, she is a great horse and i really love her and is a good companion for my older horse. When winter started i was afraid they would loose a little weight so i started feeding 3 lbs of soaked senior grain 2x a day. Well the horse i got last summer started getting aggressive when i give her grain. Kicking at me, biting. i started doing more ground work with her, and she is great with that listens perfectly, just not around her food.

Recently she decided she isnt going to eat any more hay, just her grain. and then she got even more aggressive with the grain. i stand up to her but its hard to take on a 1200 pound horse. I tried better quality hay, no results. She is getting quite ribby. My boyfriend thinks i should stop feeding her grain, and start giving her only hay because she is getting spoiled and thinks she is just supposed to get grain.

I am wondering what other people think. thank you!
Horselady7777 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:25 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Posts: 2,475
• Horses: 1
You need a vet.

There may be a dental issue that is making it difficult to eat her hay but not the grain. Ulcers would be another big concern, but she needs to be checked out- horses don't get skinny and refuse to eat hay/grass without a reason, 'picky' or not.
Sharpie is offline  
post #3 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 22
• Horses: 0
her teeth were done in october. i had the vet check her out and he said he couldnt find anything wrong with her. she does eat grass but tere isnt that much this time of year.
Horselady7777 is offline  
post #4 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:28 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,762
• Horses: 3
Then it seemed like your horse is going to starve to death! Call the vet again!
waresbear is offline  
post #5 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 22
• Horses: 0
Ok i will. When i started giving her grain this started to happen. unsure why.
Horselady7777 is offline  
post #6 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:30 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
please get a second opinion, not the same vet ! it is very serious when a horse refuses to eat.

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #7 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 22
• Horses: 0
Well she eats everything but the hay. sometimes she has a few bites when i give it to her and then quits eating it. She has access to a small pasture and a run in stall.
Horselady7777 is offline  
post #8 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:38 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,610
• Horses: 1
Try a different type of hay. Some won't eat certain hays.
Posted via Mobile Device
cakemom is offline  
post #9 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 22
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by cakemom View Post
Try a different type of hay. Some won't eat certain hays.
Posted via Mobile Device
Ya that was the first thing i tried. One morning i didnt give her grain and she ate a lot more hay.
Horselady7777 is offline  
post #10 of 30 Old 03-05-2013, 09:54 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,845
• Horses: 0
I don't care how skinny a horse is but if they threaten me over grain, they aren't going to get any and be rewarded for the behavior. I'd sit outside the pen with a lungewhip. When she puts her ears back and snaps at me, I'd smack her and let her know who's calling the shots. I might reward one ear forward depending upon the circumstances but I might also walk away with the feed if I feel I'm not getting anywhere. It's a dominance thing with her.
Left Hand Percherons is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse refuses right lead, help! horsea Horse Training 1 12-04-2012 01:12 PM
My horse Naps (refuses to go/backs up) HollyLolly Trail Riding 8 08-15-2011 03:31 PM
Is this bad to do for a horse that refuses? cosmomomo Horse Training 13 03-12-2011 10:19 AM
Horse refuses to lunge... dynamite. Natural Horsemanship 10 09-21-2009 06:35 PM
Horse refuses to move forward chewbooeh Horse Training 12 06-29-2009 12:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome