Has anyone ever had a horse refuse to eat out of a hay bag? My TB gelding drags his hay all over his stall when he eats, then ends up standing on it and peeing/pooping all over it. I end up throwing out a ridiculous amount of hay when I do his stall.
I got him a hay bag and at first he are out of it, he would stick his head in from the top instead of using the opening in the front but at least the hay was still off the ground. In the next couple days he seemed to leave more and more hay in the bag until this morning I came in to an almost full bag.
He’s eating his grain and hay cubes so its not lack of appetite, I’m getting his teeth done today thinking that’s a possibility except for the fact that he goes into his neighbors stall and eats her hay whenever he gets the chance.
The combination of him being a TB and having EPSM he can’t afford to skipping meals but I can’t have him wasting almost a half bale of hay everyday.
Any input would be appreciated, or any other ideas as to keep the hay from being dragged around his stall. He does eat out of a regular hay net in a trailer no problem. I am reluctant to use a net or rack because he is very accident prone I’m afraid of him getting a leg caught or something.