Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Just like people, some horses tolerate changes in diet a lot better than others. Always try to make diet transitions, even changes in the type of hay, over about a week to minimize any problems. Horses like what they are used to, so they typically will still eat at least some of their hay even when you introduce them to grass.
If you can, when you bring this mare home, buy a couple bales of hay from the current owner so she has the exact same hay she is used to during the transition.
Our mares are 'low maintenance', they'll eat just about anything, and we've never had a problem even in the drought years where we had to feed different types of hay trucked in from the north.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.