Won't Eat Hay...

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  1. bay_blnd jmpr07

    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

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    I am at my wits end!!

    My hay is FINE! There is NO mold, it doesn't smell funny, it's not off in color...

    I'm on my second bale that Fiona and Mars won't eat...the minis will eat it fine, though today they've only picked at their flake(the minis).

    I've tried feeding it in a different area. I put it in the stall today, never touched it...I don't get it.

    They're eating grain.

    And Fiona's been really weird lately. Not wanting me to touch her. She's not sick though. She's acting normal other then not eating hay and being really flinchy around me.

    She lets me ride her no problem once I've caught her. She's going to the bathroom normally. Mars is acting normal, but not eating the hay either.

    I don't know what to do anymore...It's not cold out really. It drops to around the mid to high 20s at night and reaches into the 50s(*F) during the day...
     






  2. 3WishesDun

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    Is it a different batch of hay? A new type? Is it stemmy? Have you tried soaking it? Soaking it just for 30-60 minutes can "freshen"/green it up.
     
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    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

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    It's very nice hay, especially for this time of year. It's grass hay. There's a mix of stemmy and "soft" bales. And I've never had a problem before.

    I figured last week's mud soaked the hay enough LOL (They ate it last week). I can't really soak because I don't have the resources or the time, especially in the morning.

    I thought about them not liking the stemmy hay, but when I got to the softer bale and they still weren't eating it was just odd...

    And Fiona has taken to biting the jolly ball...she's never played with toys before...
     
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    If you are just trying to freshen or soften it a bit.... you could try soaking for 10 minutes or so-
    Do they have access to any pasture?
     
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    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

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    No, they ate any grass that came up and for some reason the horses aren't allowed to graze behind the pool because they might "tear it up"...it's behind the pool, no one sees it...give me a break!
     
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    One horse not eating it would lead me to think it might be teeth or perhaps stomach related, but two?? Hmmmmmm

    Do they get a lot of grain? Perhaps they have enough grain and grass and thier just being fussy. Sometimes (rarely) my garbage guts mare will not finish all her hay and eat really uninterested, only when she's got a full tummy tho.

    Is the pasture weedy? Could they perhaps be dining on something they shouldnt and its causing problems?

    Sometimes they will seem healthy and normal but have problems on the inside ie ulcers etc.
     
  7. 3WishesDun

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    That's what I was afraid of.... If they aren't eating hay they aren't getting any roughage. Then you have to worry about colic, ulcers, etc.....
    Maybe try soaking they hay for a short while and see if that helps. Have they ever gone off hay before? Are they not feeling well in any other way?
     
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    Their area is all dirt now. No weeds or anything to reach.

    Niether gets a lot of grain. Just enough to mantain weight and energy, and the one so he can grow to be a big strong boy LOL

    And the mare's teeth were just checked and they are fine. She has the best teeth out of any of them. The vet loves them.
     
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    Both are fine. When Fiona gets sick she doesn't move and gets depressed looking. She's got spunk though...too much that it got her in big trouble last night...and Mars is still his silly colt self.

    Fiona went off feed when she had a fever. But she's showing no signs of being sick. She's acting exactly like her normal self. And so is Mars.

    And I just find it really odd that the minis are eating all of their hay and it's from the same bales.
     
  10. magicsdoublepla

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    you should talk to your vet about all this... because unless there is a vet here, no one can tell you anything for fact.. we can only give you suggestions and stuff, plus we havn't seen your horses, so we can't really give you and fact that way either..
    just phone your vet up and tell them whats up, and maybe they know of something wrong?
    thats really weird though..
    i hope they stop beign so picky, and start eating it! sillies
     






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