Hay Help
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Hay Help

This is a discussion on Hay Help within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Help with hay for horses

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-15-2008, 09:30 PM
  #1
Foal
Hay Help

I'm wondering what it means when a hay is sold as 15% alfalfa. My horse is about to be moved in with another mare who needs "35% alfalfa" during cold months, and 15% the rest of the year. If someone can explain it in technical terms, I can go from there.

Also, does 15% alfalfa sound okay for my mare? Who gets moderate, easy-going trail rides in good weather and stays outside most of the time. She's 15.2h, QH, arround 15yrs, and doesn't hold weight well. If you could just give me basic guidelines...

Thanks,
~Rhynn
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-15-2008, 09:40 PM
  #2
Yearling
It means the bale is made up of 15% alfalfa and 85% whatever else was in the field. Could be local grass or it could contain brome, timothy or whatever grows in your area. There's nothing wrong with feeding a moderate amount of alfalfa, it's an excellant forage. You would want to switch her over very slowly though, so you may want to ensure you have a supply of what she's used to getting.

We feed 4 pounds of alfalfa/grass daily to two 15.2 QH's. It's about 25%.
     
    12-16-2008, 01:41 PM
  #3
Started
What G&K said hit it right on the head... I would like to really emphasis the slow transition to the higher level of hay. If you just dump the richer stuff for her you could run into problems like founder or colic. You may also see her have a little more energy as well.
     
    12-16-2008, 06:54 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks. I'll be sure to change her over gradually.

~Rhynn
     
    12-16-2008, 11:16 PM
  #5
Trained
Wow, I don't think we have Percentage hay here... We just have meadow/pasture hay, or full Lucerne, which is the same as your alfalfa... I feed my horses straight lucerne, unless they will eb on hay for a week or more, then I get soem pasture hay as well. We never have any problems feeding the straight lucerne... do you think that your hay may be richer or something?
     
    12-17-2008, 12:04 AM
  #6
Foal
Wild Spot, we do have mixes here in AUs but most of the time people don't really look into it. They just ask for "grass" or lucerne.

On my property we cut a rye, kentucky blue and clover mix. Its probably 45%, 45%, 10% respectively. But you can't really measure that in the individual bales.
     
    12-17-2008, 12:46 AM
  #7
Trained
Oh really? I know fo different pasture mixes, which I think is what you described? I had just never heard of a percentage lucerne. I suppose because most horses here are kept on pasture, feeding straight lucerne isn't as big a deal as if they were on stall board or the like.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0