Originally Posted by Cruiser
Hay is pretty much just fiber so it makes no difference if it is grass or hay. Adding water and maybe a little molasses or something to make it sweet, to their regular food would make it a lot safer though than giving a new food suddenly like that. It still would be warm and taste new to them. That's my opinion from what I've been told and having dealt with many types and times with colic, you get luck once but don't bet on it every time to go so well.
Don't know anything about breeding horses or foals, I don't even own a registered horse so can't comment on that.
But, hay did make a difference to me.......
I fed only second or, third cutting alfalfa.
It keep the butter fat high in the mare's milk.
Like I said....it worked for me to use the mash.
I am looking at two mares to buy now.
I will look further into the current thinking on this.
My arena won't be done until June.