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post #1 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Cool horse will only eat grain

So this has never happened before for me. I know really nothing about my boy's feeding schedule and what he got before I got him. Just recently he has started only eating grain and not his hay. I feed 2 flakes of grass hay in the morning with a standard small scoop of grain since he is being worked. His teeth are fine had them checked it just seems like all he wants to do is eat grain. This morning I went out to feed him and the hay I gave him for overnight was still there. So I threw a couple more flakes of hay (and one of alfalfa) and did not grain him. I don't know if what I did was right but it just seems like lately that is all he will eat (almost like he depends on it)
And I am almost positive all he got before I got him was grass hay. Maybe that is why....I really am stumped. If someone could give me some advice on this I would really apprechiate it.
Ps- he seems to be a easy keeper he has stayed in the same condition since I got him no loss of gaining of weight.
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Oops. Seems like I don't know how to write today. I feed him twice daily morning and night with hay in pasture at all times.
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Does he have access to grass?
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-18-2011, 04:54 PM
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I'm assuming he's got grazing & not choosing to go hungry? Think of him as a kid & hay as... broccoli & grain as Maccas. Now why do you suppose he's not bothering with the hay?

If he's an easy keeper, particularly if he's not in hard work, he likely doesn't need the grain and if you can only feed it twice daily, I'd be looking for a healthier alternative if he does need more calories. A good nutritional supplement is usually a good move in addition to hay/grazing tho.
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Hello! Sorry it took so long to reply I didn't get a email telling me anyone had replied :)
There is no grass here. It's all dead (I live in n.w. Iowa)
My vet and hay guy both said if I am not feeding alfalfa(I have 2 bales just to once and awhile throw a flake in for a treat) I need to supplement grain for what nutrients my grass hay does not have... ???
Anyways... the feed cost is going up....I'm paying 14.99 for a 50# bag of Nutrena Triumph.
Well when I went out to check on him just a little bit ago all the hay except for the 'rough' parts was gone.... now to think about that....did he eat it or did the gusty winds take it out? Lol
Maybe I should stop feeding grain....hmmmmm
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I'd take him off the grain and put him on a ration balancer, anyway, if you're trying to supplement for important vitamins/minerals.
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I sound paranoid but I lost my horse because my vet told me that she wasn't sick because she wasn't eating her hay. If the hay is fine and he has been eating it the whole time before or something similar, I recommend asking your vet to test the horse even if it is a fecal and blood. Something as boring as not eating hay can mean something, if it doesn't seem right you feel something is wrong or more could be done, speak up.
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I read this years ago in a horse magazine, maybe circa 1985....a hay waster, grain eater, put apple cider vinegar on their grain, just a little at first & let the fumes dissipate before you serve it to him. After he is eating the grain with the cider vinegar, start sprinkling it on his hay, he'll eat the hay too. I have tried this out a horse that didn't like her hay, only wanted her grain, worked & she stopped chewing the corral boards as well. The article also stated that the cider vinegar improves their attitude, it certainly did for that mare, big time. I have tried it on other horses but they already had good attitudes anyways.
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