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How to select the best forage for your horse

DECEMBER 16, 2016

If you are unsure about what kind of hay you should be feeding your horse then don’t worry because you are not alone. Many horse owners, both long time and new, can have a hard time when it comes to selecting the best hay for their horse.

Many of the traditional methods of determining quality of hay, while important and relevant, are not necessarily the best methods as they can only tell you so much. These methods include: freedom from dust, green in colour, freedom from weeds and being able to recognize timothy spikes. Therefore, horse owners need to be able to differentiate: between the different grasses and legumes; when a hay is high or low in protein and energy; which hay should be fed to young growing horses and which hay could be fed to the adult non-active “lawn ornaments” or leisure horses that frequent many stables.

 

Balance is the key

Nutrient content is more precisely measured by laboratory analysis like the one we perform on all our hay lots. A balanced ration recommendation can be prepared to meet the individual horse’s needs. Should you have any questions about our hay products please feel free to contact us as it will be our pleasure to point you in the right direction.

If you should desire to learn more about hay then we recommend a number of University websites that have done extensive studies on the subject such as:
Pennsylvania State University: College of Agricultural Sciences
Purdue University : Department of Agronomy
University of Kentucky: College of Agriculture

 

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