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    01-08-2012, 07:23 PM
  #1
Yearling
Palatability

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I don't really know much about this. Do horses care about the palatability of their food? By palatability I mean taste, texture, smell and appearance?
     
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    01-08-2012, 08:39 PM
  #2
Trained
Are you talking about grass/hay or feed?
     
    01-08-2012, 08:48 PM
  #3
Banned
Of course they do.
     
    01-08-2012, 08:58 PM
  #4
Weanling
Given the chance, my horse eats wood pellets and horse poo. I don't think he's too picky :P
     
    01-08-2012, 09:42 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Are you talking about grass/hay or feed?
Both
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Of course they do.
Could you elaborate on that please? ..How?
     
    01-08-2012, 09:46 PM
  #6
Banned
My horses will not eat certain foods. They turned their noses up at Strategy pellets, but gobbled up sweet feed. All have individual preferences. It takes them awhile to decide whether or not they like a new food. I haven't noticed them caring too much about texture or appearance, but taste and smell....absolutely.
     
    01-09-2012, 06:40 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
My horses will not eat certain foods. They turned their noses up at Strategy pellets, but gobbled up sweet feed. All have individual preferences. It takes them awhile to decide whether or not they like a new food. I haven't noticed them caring too much about texture or appearance, but taste and smell....absolutely.
I need to write a mini essay on this subject for college, I just don't know much about it. Do you know where I could find more information to help me?
     
    01-09-2012, 08:13 PM
  #8
Banned
Taste preferences of horses in relation to hay, silage and haylage
http://www.mitavite.com.au/mitavite0....%20RACING.pdf
     
    01-09-2012, 09:05 PM
  #9
Trained
If you ever watch horses grazing in a field, you'll see that they spend all day walking back and forth eating the most palatable grass first and eventually working their way to the less palatable. It is not unusual that they will eat 'tasty' grass all the way to the ground before moving on. Similarly, in round hay bales, they will pick through it the same way, often eating from the middle or bottom if necessary.
Our mares are easy keepers and will eat just about any hay/grass/feed, but they certainly do have their preferences.
     
    01-09-2012, 09:16 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Snizard93    
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I don't really know much about this. Do horses care about the palatability of their food? By palatability I mean taste, texture, smell and appearance?
Look at it this way, do you care about taste, texture, smell, and appearance? I personally do not think horses are much different than humans in that regard.
     

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