Perhaps his ability to taste has changed, now that he is without a bad tooth and ginormous ball of mucopurulent snot trapped in his sinus. Perhaps he tastes more, or just differently. Add to that my quest for electrolytes he will ingest (he likes his other supplements), and I now have a horse who is less than enthused about gobbling his grain ration. Lately he’s been eating about half, then eating all of his hay, then maybe going back to the grain after, or maybe not.
I have a solution: less grain, more hay (I pay extra for the extra). Eli LOVES hay. And grass, of course. He’ll happily munch on hay any time it’s in front of him, even if he’s already been doing so for a few hours. We pretty much just have coastal bermuda at $7 a bale for the small square bales in this area, although alfalfa is also available but I’m not interested in feeding that daily to Eli. Timothy would be fantastic, but it is difficult to get in this area, and much more expensive to have delivered (from out of state, last I checked). However, Eli has been pretty much fine eating the coastal bermuda his whole time at KBF *knock on wood* so we’re going with what we got.