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    03-17-2010, 03:58 PM
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We recently realized that we are not going to be able to quite make it till when we need with the hay we have for our two geldings. So I posted an ad on Kijiji looking for hay. I had a gentleman email me this "I have excellent small oat greenfeed bales. Have sold 350 so far -------all to horse owners. This greenfeed was not fertilized or sprayed and the buyers are using for feeding bred mares. Have about 45 left unsold. 3.50/bale"

Can someone please tell me about this oat greenfeed? Will this be something of good nutritional value for my horses? We were looking for an extra months worth of feed. I am very interested in peoples opinions.

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    03-17-2010, 05:03 PM
It sounds like the farmer has baled some small grain hay at prebud stage for hay as opposed to letting it go to seed and harvesting the grain. This is very common when they are going to plant beans behind the small grain crop. Or, it may be a nurse crop of small grain hay on a new alfalfa stand. Put up properly, small grain hay is very good hay - low in protein and high in digestible energy! Not good for founder prone horses - way too much sugar. It may loosen the animals stool considerably. A little carmilazition will not hurt the hay but watch for mold - small grain hay is very prone to be hard to put up correctly.
    03-17-2010, 05:25 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyQwiggly    
This greenfeed was not fertilized or sprayed and the buyers are using for feeding bred mares.
This statement means RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you were buying a horse, would you look for 3 year old horses that have never had their feet done, never been vaccinated, never been halter broke, never been handled, with manes and tails full of cockleburrs, and a belly full of worms. YES those make great horses!

I have not managed my hayfields this year so you should reward my lack of concern and management with your money and we will call it NATURAL!

Buy from someone who cares what they are doing!

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