Horses won't eat hay...ready to pull my hair out
I thought I did a good thing. I bought beautiful, dark green, soft, 2nd cutting orchard grass. I got 3 bales to "test" on my super picky horses, and they ate every last scrap. So I bought about 200 bales, which combined with my first cutting hay (from another hay guy) was enough to get my 4 through the winter/spring.
But now my horses are only eating half the bales. Some bales they eat everything, other bales they won't touch. I can't see any difference between the two! Nothing stemmy, moldy, weedy, smelling weird, etc, etc. It is driving me CRAZY. I've been opening a bale, bringing a flake out, and seeing if my guys will eat it. If they do, I use the bale, if not, well, I've been throwing the bales in a corner.
So what do I do, try to make them eat it? Return it to my hay guy? Use it as bedding? (no Im not kidding).