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post #1 of 11 Old 01-08-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 11 Old 01-08-2012, 07:39 PM
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Are you talking about grass/hay or feed?

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Of course they do.
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Given the chance, my horse eats wood pellets and horse poo. I don't think he's too picky :P

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Are you talking about grass/hay or feed?
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Of course they do.
Could you elaborate on that please? ..How?
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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