Horse suddenly picky about hay
I have an IR pony kept up on a dry lot, and for more than the past year, she has been getting two types of hay, one is an alfalfa/orchard grass blend I had brought from Kentucky during the drought, and the other is grass hay bought locally. I have been using the same local supplier for 4 years, and I bought this batch out of the field last June (I think, anyway I bought it all at once). For a little over a week, the pony has decided that she is not going to eat the grass hay. If I put it in her hay net, she picks out the alfalfa flake and leaves the grass hay, and if I put it out loose, she drags it all over her pen.
I have noticed that she is in better weight and health while having less neck crest this year, but this change in eating patterns worries me. This is not a pony who turns down food. There is no heat in her hooves, and she is at this point much more sound than she has been since she was moved to MO in 2006. I see her canter around the pen on practically a daily basis. I am hoping this is not a precursor to another laminitic episode. :( We have not had one since last March, and prior to that she'd have them every few months. Also, she is still eating the alfalfa/orchard grass hay just fine, and still gobbles up her ADM ration balancer and supplements. Any ideas on what is going on?
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