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post #1 of 3 Old 12-20-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 3 Old 12-21-2011, 01:11 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.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-21-2011, 03:43 AM
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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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