الخميس 18 يوليو 2024

Help to Extend Your Horse Hay Supply

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When hay becomes scarce, especially during late winter and early spring, horse owners become resourceful. 

With the majority of your horse’s diet consisting of forage, your hay provider and equine nutritionist are vital members of your horse’s health care team. There is no disputing the value of a hay test to balance a diet. Knowing the nutrients of your forage is important before deciding what the horse may need in the way of concentrates and/or supplements. The nutrient contents of hay fluctuate between sources and between cuts at different times a year. If you are sourcing from afar due to shortages the nutrient contents may vary considerably.

Nutrient requirements will not be the same for an idle mature horse as a performance horse, broodmare, or youngster.

Beet Pulp

Check with your nutritionist to see if it makes sense to add beet pulp to your horse’s diet. Beet pulp is high in fibre, easy to digest, and relatively high in calcium, but cannot be used as a total hay replacement.

Forage

Consult your nutritionist if you are considering partially or fully replacing your horse’s forage with hay cubes or complete feeds.

Avoid Waste

Keep your hay under cover and off the ground by storing on pallets to avoid moisture and mould. 

Hay feeders keep hay from being trampled into the ground. Hay nets, particularly slow feeders with smaller holes, make mealtimes last longer and reduce waste.