Posted 2013-11-11 7:52 AM (#6863104) Subject: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Location: Down South
I have a 30+ year old mare. Her appetite is good; eats all of her grain, doesn't drop any, grazes in the pasture no problem. But . . she will not eat bahia hay or bermuda hay. I have began feeding all of my horses Chaffhaye about 4 weeks ago just as a snack for the probiotic properties. She cleans her Chaffhaye up with no problem. My pasture grazing will be gone this week as we will have our first of the season below freezing temps and a heavy frost. I have a small amount of winter mix planted, but I am looking for options of hay for her when she is stalled. Any suggestions?? I have thought about trying Alfalfa but haven't gotten any yet. I"m in MS and not sure where could get qualify alfalfa. I know they sell an alfalfa bale at Tractor Supply but not sure how quality that is. Any suggestions or thoughts will be appreciated. Thank you all . . !!
Edited to add: I wish I could feed her all of the Chaffhaye she wants, but I cannot. It's too expensive. She would eat a bag a day I'm sure.!
Posted 2013-11-11 8:13 AM (#6863120 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Location: Down South
I posted the same question on my FB page and have gotten several responses. Several of my friends said to feed soaked alfalfa cubes or pellets. Also recommended soaking her hay. another recommendation was also soaked beet pulp.
Posted 2013-11-11 8:46 AM (#6863149 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
I have a mare that is 33 and another 29 that can't chew hay very well. They both LOVE soaked beet pulp and I put some soaked alfafa pellets in there. When its cold I pour hot water over it. Yes,I like to spoil them:)
Posted 2013-11-11 9:24 AM (#6863211 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Experienced Mouse Trapper
Location: North Dakota
If you are on a tight budget, go looking for a dairy barn, or feeder cattle operation, most will "chop" or grind their hay weekly, maybe you could pick up some from them?? Also, when I was feeding an old gelding, I talked to my vet and he told me a horse can have up to 12 pounds of whole oats a day, some don't need hay. So I mixed about 8 pounds whole oats, 4 pounds beet pulp and a couple pounds alfalfa pellets added water and a cup of rice bran, he would only eat nice leafy alfalfa too, but after about a month he put on a bunch of weight. I split the feedings into 2 times a day.
Posted 2013-11-11 9:31 AM (#6863218 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Nut Case Expert
Location: Tulsa, Ok
My 31 year old has always been a hay washer/dipper and does pretty well chewing it as long as he can wet it. When he eats it dry, like from the round bale in the pasture, he balls up and spits out quite a bit. I am always concerned that he is not getting enough roughage.
His grain is a scoop each of rolled oats, 12% sweet feed, Heritage senior feed, twice daily. Heritage is the only sweet feed we have found that he will eat at all. I would like to replace his other grain with senior, but he will not eat the senior if it any more than 1/3 of his grain combo. A lot of times he comes in from the pasture mid day and gets an extra grain "snack".
Yes he does get a lot of grain, but he is in excellent condition and very active, so whatever it takes to keep him that way.
Posted 2013-11-11 11:58 AM (#6863411 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Mine is 32 and doesn't eat hay either. Won't even try :( I feed soaked alfalfa in addition to her grain. I've done cubes and pellets, but like the idea of cubes b/c of the roughage. However, if you're already feeding Chaffhaye, why do you need to add alfalfa cubes or hay? Sounds to me like you're doing everything you can. If you need to add weight, your going to have to do it through supplements, since roughage consumption is limited.
Posted 2013-11-11 12:21 PM (#6863422 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Canine Carryout Queen
I have an old mare that cant eat hay due to loss of teeth in the back ... I fed her Alfalfa meal in iowa and now in OK I cant find it ... we bought a feed grinder and grind our own feed of alfalfa/corn/oats/vit and min pack, oil. Youd never know she cant eat hay - she looks awesome!
Posted 2013-11-11 12:54 PM (#6863452 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Your horse has lost the grind on all but about 4-6 teeth total. ( they start out with 24) so it is protecting itself by not eating the hay it cannot grind up enough to digest. Soaked cubes or pellets is the only answer, grazing works because they can bite it off small and it is much softer and easy to grind. Just a fact of life for these older horses.
Posted 2013-11-11 1:06 PM (#6863468 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
My Horses are Hay Snobs
Location: Feeding Bubba cookies!! NE OKLAHOMA
Our old man can not eat hay at all. He can graze, but now with hard freeze coming we have started soaking Alfa/Timothy cubes.
The Mini Cubes soak up a lot quicker. In small colored 1gal bucket I fill half way with cubes then water to top and soak at least several hours. We feed ADM Sr also like 6lbs a day,, he is doing well on this. BP didn't do much for him and he got tired of it.
Posted 2013-11-11 1:14 PM (#6863474 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Tractor Supply carries the Standlee brand of grass pellets. You can chose between alfalfa, timothy, orchard grass, or mix of alfalfa/timothy. If you add oil or water to them they should be much easier for him to eat. I think this was already suggested so sorry if I repeated it. http://standleeforage.com/
Posted 2013-11-11 3:05 PM (#6863579 - in reply to #6863104) Subject: RE: Old horse won't eat hay . . . HELP
Location: Benton City, WA
Have you tried the Purina hydration hay? It is a timothy/alfalfa mix and its very fine. You soak each block for 10 minutes and feed it out of a bucket. Most horses of mine really like it, once they get the taste.