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    12-20-2011, 03:35 PM
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Foal
Bermuda or Fescue

My barrel horse mare is currently on hay and sweet mix. I got this hay from the pasture next door only because it was convenient, but she doesn't seem to like it all that much. I am looking to buy more, but this time go with Bermuda or Fescue which are both readily available in my area. Which has more nutritional value? Also should I start feeding her one flake of alfalfa in the spring for more energy when we race again?
     
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    12-21-2011, 02:11 AM
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I would feed Bermuda hay I just like it a little better, and I would think it would be a little higher in nutrition, but there is no way to tell without a nutritional analysis, which you could do if you wanted to. I would wait into spring and decided whether your horse needs the energy boost after a few runs, but I wouldn't feed more than 5 lbs of Alfalfa.

Also, for future reference, please don't use flakes as a reference to how much to feed your horse, they vary in weight greatly.
     
    12-21-2011, 04:43 AM
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Trained
The nutritional value of any type of hay can vary considerably depending on the quality. This article from the University of Kentucky has some good info about different hays. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/pubs/id146.pdf
     

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