Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Western New York
Hay Analysis Says Hay is Yuck
I moved to a new barn less than one week ago and I asked the BO for a hay analysis, which her supplier had (woo-hoo!). I marched it on down to my equine nutritionist (who I lovingly call my cowboy nutritionist b/c of the great stories he tells me about being a cowboy since 1951) and he said the hay is not good.
I will spare you the entire analysis and get to the main points: the protein is only 5%, and he would like to see 8-10% and the calcium is "a trace" - barely enough to even make a difference he said. So, God bless him he kept me there for 2 hours while he worked up a customized feeding plan to get Jazzy a balanced diet. I had to get the label of the feed the BO currently uses (purina horsemen's edge?) so he could input that and then we'd move ahead with changes.
Today the BO said she wanted to know if I would consider putting Jazzy on pellets b/c in her opinion, jazz didn't need much feed b/c she was getting good hay (gulp). I told her we'd talk more this weekend b/c I didn't want to get distracted just as I was walking in to work Jazzy.
Jazz is certainly not worked hard, she is still young, she is good on weight and not overweight, but she is a little more energetic and maybe that is the sweet feed -
Anyone else make diet changes that required revamping a diet or removing grain... just curious as, like most things, this is a new challenge for me.