So… this year my boys have been ultra picky about their hay. Some of their nose turning, I’ve agreed with, but some of they hay has been perfectly fine and I’m at my wits end. I switched to straight timothy this summer which worked fairly well… then got some 2nd cutting mix which they absolutely love. This is the first time I ever purchased 2nd cutting for them.
For winter, I’ve always put them in paddocks with round bales as my other paddocks don’t have a good winter water setup and I can’t keep the water from freezing. Round bales have always worked. I got one and they were happy with that, then got the second one and now my one horse is really turning his nose up to it and is scavenging everything else on the two paddocks he has access to. They are basically close to dirt lots. The pony will eat some of the round bale…
I’m not sure what to do… I’m leaving town for the holiday and the round bale was supposed to cover them. I’ve tried holding out and not giving them anything else, but I don’t want them to not have anything so I’ve been throwing a few flakes in with the round bale to get them going to the hayhut.
The only thing I can think of is that my horse doesn’t really trust the hay hut as it did blow over in their paddock… but that doesn’t totally make sense either as when I put squares in with the round bale, they will eat that. Its not like I can really return the round bale.
So frustrated… any thoughts on what I can do? At this point, I’m half tempted to just tell my farm sitter to throw a bale of the good stuff in every day with round bale. The horse and pony can go through a bale to a bale and a half of squares on this lot (if not a little more), so not sure if just a bale is sufficient for each day.
The only other thought I can think of is try to pull out a bunch of the round bale outside the hay hut to see if that helps find some better hay inside.
Would love to hear what you have done in the past…I’m a big hay feeder and this really bothers me. At first I thought maybe I’m just seeing them not eating it because I’m home more, but I really think they are ignoring the round bale…