OK, new question. I have decided to purchase, store, and transport my own hay (all within my means). |
What do I buy? What hay is good? How do I tell if it's right?
Untill I can purchase hay, what should be the best I can do for her as in a substitution feed.
It depends somewhat what part of the country you live in as to what hay will be available. I am in Kansas and I feed the native grass hay, which we call Prairie hay. ;) In some areas the hay available would be coastal, in other places it may be timothy, or a combination of several types of grass with alfalfa mixed in.
You should find someone who knows something about hay to help you locally find a good supplier. Be sure your source understands horse hay over cattle hay. For one thing it should smell fresh and look clean and not stemmy or weedy. You don't want it super rich, but you don't want junk either.
Hopefully someone else will pop in and give you some more tips on this as well.
In the meantime you can feed beet pulp soaked or dry. I like to feed it soaked for about 20 mins to get it started fluffing up. However not all horses will dive into it that way so you may have to toss a little bit of dry into the hard feed to get her started on something like that. OR you can feed alfalfa pellets(soaked or not) or cubed Alfalfa in a bag.. Either is a nice way to add some extra nutrition to help get her built back up. If you are where you can find Total Equine it is a good feed to use in place of grain..