Originally Posted by garlicbunny
We are getting a new horse that has not been on grass more than 2 hours a day so do we need to purchase last years hay or can we feed the hay that has just been put up in the hayloft a week or so ago? Thanks!
Why has the horse only been allowed on grass for no more than two hours daily? How old is the horse?
That sounds like there's been some laminitis lurking around. That doesn't have to mean serious founder as laminitis/founder occur in varying degrees.
If the horse has had any sort of bouts with laminitis, I would give a second thought to feeding hay straight off the field. Might want to give the have a couple weeks to cure and just buy a few bales of last year's grass hay in the interim.
Also best to have the hay tested by a lab if this horse has had any previous laminitic and metabolic issues.
Not trying to be a naysayer here, but if the horse's grazing time was limited to two hours daily, you need to ask why because it may be crucial in her daily care