Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It's the way the combine cuts it. It lays it down in "sheaves" which are thin and breathable. If you have long long grass, take an old fashioned scythe to it and THAT grass would be suitable for feeding your horses. The mower clumps and churns grass, and spits it out into little fermenting balls of doom. Because they're so thick, the air can't circulate into them and they immediately begin rotting from all the sugars and juices that have been churned into a pulp within the clumbs. A combine lays the crop down flat and even, without destroying the nutrients.
And again, as already said, almost all hay is very different from the typical grass our horses eat.
But yeah, if you're hand cutting the grass and preventing it from clumping, that is safe. The biggest issue with mowers is how badly they mangle the grass. Think about a cherry - if you live it in the sun intact, off the tree, it fairs a lot longer then a squished cherry which begins decomposing almost immediately due to all the sugars being exposed to the elements.
Hope that helped everyone! Personally, I use my grass clippings as smudge piles, I find it's a fantastic way to get rid of them, and still serves a purpose for the horse. A nifty idea is to take an old freezer and completely strip it of all insulation, etc. and just leave a big metal box. Fill it with old straw, clippings, etc. and just let it smolder with the lid barely cracked. The horses can't get to it, can't lit themselves on fire, and the design of it offers so little oxygen, it will do exactly that - smolder. Our horses love it when mosquotes get crazy bad.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.