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    12-27-2009, 10:42 PM
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Foal
Hay belly?

Im considering changing good coastal hay to a good coastal/bluestem mix hay. I have a 10 month old and an 11 yr old that both get safe choice grain and free choice coastal. They look great , but are going through hay like crazy and I thought if I get this mix I could save a little money and slow them down. My concern is that I have heard of horses getting "hay bellies" from lower nutritional forage. Has anyone experienced the hay belly from bluestem hay? Im taking a sample of the hay to the Texas Dept of Agriculture to get a nutrition count on it tomorrow, so Im sure Ill get some good info. Thanks for any experiences with a "hay belly"!
     
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    12-28-2009, 02:50 AM
  #2
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sandy n Brandy    
Im considering changing good coastal hay to a good coastal/bluestem mix hay. I have a 10 month old and an 11 yr old that both get safe choice grain and free choice coastal. They look great , but are going through hay like crazy and I thought if I get this mix I could save a little money and slow them down. My concern is that I have heard of horses getting "hay bellies" from lower nutritional forage. Has anyone experienced the hay belly from bluestem hay? Im taking a sample of the hay to the Texas Dept of Agriculture to get a nutrition count on it tomorrow, so Im sure Ill get some good info. Thanks for any experiences with a "hay belly"!
hay bellies usually occur when a horse is given too much food and not enough exercise. So as long as the horse gets enough exercise and good regulation of food, the hay belly will go away. I give my horses alfalfa pellets twice a day with the occasional alfalfa hay and bermuda (half a flake to a flake depending) once or tice a day. Though my horses are taken out everyday with 2 hours of social and a good soild hour of running plus any work they do
     
    12-28-2009, 09:40 AM
  #3
Weanling
Agrees with zlonewolf, and they'll eat the same amount with the bluestem
     
    12-28-2009, 10:32 AM
  #4
Started
I have two horses the same ages. My little guy has a belly, its harder to work it off a young horse without over working him. We're checking to make sure its not worms right now. They live outside 24/7 and I don't see them play too much in the winter, and I don't ride the 11 year old because she's not 100% sound. I feed good quality alf. Pellets and beet pulp with some 12%. My mare gets about what the little guy gets and I don't notice a belly on her at all, just the little guy. Its very simmilar to getting a man getting a pot belly. Just make sure they still get the nutrients they need.
     
    12-29-2009, 02:46 AM
  #5
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
I have two horses the same ages. My little guy has a belly, its harder to work it off a young horse without over working him. We're checking to make sure its not worms right now. They live outside 24/7 and I don't see them play too much in the winter, and I don't ride the 11 year old because she's not 100% sound. I feed good quality alf. Pellets and beet pulp with some 12%. My mare gets about what the little guy gets and I don't notice a belly on her at all, just the little guy. Its very simmilar to getting a man getting a pot belly. Just make sure they still get the nutrients they need.
sounds like he's getting too much of one thing and not enough of another
     
    12-29-2009, 09:27 AM
  #6
Weanling
Hay bellies are not like a man with a beer gut! Hay bellies are not an overweight horse with fat rolls! Hay bellies are a distension of the entire digestive system on an animal such that the animal gets an enlarged belly. Usually there is not good muscle tone or a good fat layer on the topline. Hay bellies come from large amounts of poor quality forage! A horse eating too much will get fat and will devolope a belly, but this is not a "hay belly". Extreme hay bellies will also be accompanied by a poor hair coat.
     

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