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    03-03-2013, 12:39 PM
hay opinions

What y'all reckon on seresa, and lespadeza hay for horses?

I gots me a few bails, and they're nice and dry, beautiful in color, and my horses love it. It's kinda like alfalfa.. Kinda..

Does anyone else feed these two hays? Or a mix of these two hays?

Thank youns.
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    03-03-2013, 12:41 PM
I just feed good ol Oats and Hay..
    03-03-2013, 12:44 PM
Originally Posted by justridinguk    
I just feed good ol Oats and Hay..
Cracked, or rolled?

Mixed local grass hay then?
    03-03-2013, 12:57 PM
Well Im not sure if you can get it but we were getting large bale Haylage which the horses absolutely adored, I then supplement with a little suger beet for the lazier horses and oats, with a sprinkle of vitamin powder on each feed and garlic in the summer.
    03-03-2013, 12:59 PM
Originally Posted by toto    
Cracked, or rolled?

Mixed local grass hay then?
We crack and part roll out our own oats, my uncle has a machine it makes a hell of a noise but works well...I think its about 50 years old! Lol
    03-03-2013, 01:30 PM
Nice. We usually only feed orchard grasses, with johnsongrass mixed in, and sometimes lesbadeza hay, but I never knew about the seresa hay untill the other day. It's real fine, real nicely dried stuff. Pretty, green, smells nice, but has a few sticks in it. It's real light hay too.
Our guy has his bailer set to pack the hay down, and it makea about 65-75 lb hay bales. That'd be just two string bales.

I like this seresa, lesbadeza mixture, even though it's a lighter bail of hay, it's about 50/60 pounds, not real heavy, but the horses seem to like it a lot, and they look great on it.

Ah, we don't feed grain--if we do, it's rolled oats, and a mix of high fat pellets, and they get a mineral block in the pasture, with 24/7 hay-- in the summer, I'll throw a few flakes out, but they'll be real fat on just the pasture grass. :)

I'd like to see some haylage. Never heard of anyone feeding it. What's the average protein? You said you feed beet pulp, is it not enough fiber?

What time of year do you cut haylage?
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    03-03-2013, 02:23 PM
Anyone else feed lespadeza, or seresa hay? Any other opinions on this type of hay?
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    03-03-2013, 02:24 PM
It sounds like you have it pretty much worked out, we don't cut our own Haylage we buy it in, the farmer cuts twice a year three if he's lucky and stores alot... It tends to be dry and brown towards end of the year. Back end of the year its beautifull and kinda yeasty smelling. I love the smell of it, if I was a horse I imagine it would be like smelling beer brewing its kind that kind of fermented smell. I found this interesting article on Hay or Haylage Dodson & Horrell - Hay or Haylage for my Horse

People can go silly with feeding, I have one or two girlies that have a row of lotions and potions and feeding time is more like a chemistry experiment than feeding.. a pinch or this a dash of that, this oil those pellets... lol and it go's on and on and costs them a fortune and my horses on their plain ol Hay or Haylage depending on what I can get and their Oats all look as good as theirs.

hay, lespadeza, seresa

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