Tag Archives: Hay

Myth Busting

It’s easy for opinions or hypotheses that are repeated often enough to eventually morph into what passes as a fact and from there to a myth that’s difficult to eradicate. These are three commonly repeated, but wrong, horse feeding myths. … Continue reading

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Spring Grass Laminitis

Spring is the peak time for grass-associated laminitis in most parts of the world. You can effectively treat or, better yet, prevent it but only if you understand the mechanism. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Scott A fat pony is the … Continue reading

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Speed Up Shedding

Wouldn’t it be great if horses just slipped out of their winter coat like a snake shedding its skin?  Unfortunately, at best it’s not even close but there are factors that can slow it down which you should be aware … Continue reading

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Three Supplements Every Horse Needs

A universal requirement for horses around the world is salt, primarily for sodium but chloride can also be deficient.  The diet of all horses is deficient.  Wait.  If that’s true, how All equine feedstuffs are deficient in sodium and the … Continue reading

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The Case for Vitamin E Supplementation

Nutritional minimalists take the position that supplementation of a “quality”[not defined] diet is virtually always a waste of money. I recently read this opinion about supplementing vitamin E:  “…Vitamin E deficiencies are occasionally seen in horses that don’t have access … Continue reading

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Adjusting Nutrition for Winter

For some of us, winter has already arrived.  For others, it’s just beginning in earnest.  For all, the horse is facing some challenges. Horses actually tolerate and enjoy the cold a lot more than most of us do.  Their neutral … Continue reading

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Hay Wars – Which is best?

Grass or Alfalfa.  Timothy or Orchard.  Grain hays.  Is Bermuda safe?  There is plenty of room for confusion in selecting a hay.                                                             Premium Grass Hay Legume hays, which include Alfalfa, Clover and in some areas Perennial Peanut and Birdsfoot … Continue reading

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Hay – Much More than Fiber

Hay used to be widely viewed as having little or no nutritional value beyond being a source of fiber which provided horses with chew time and made them feel full between meals.  That has largely changed but even those who … Continue reading

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Selecting Good Hay

Many people still consider hay nothing more than filler, a boredom buster, but it is much more than that.  Even if feeding a highly fortified commercial feed, hay will still provide the bulk of your horse’s protein, minerals and vitamins.  … Continue reading

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Switching from Pasture to Hay

Hay is just dried grass but there are several things to consider when making the transition from pasture to hay.                                      Fading pastures necessitate a change to hay As grasses mature and develop their seed heads, fiber fractions progressively increase … Continue reading

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