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        05-25-2014, 10:15 PM
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    Weanling
    left over hay.

    My mare doesn't really eat her hay other then a few bites here and there, it's not that she doesn't have an appetite, she just like pasture better.
    Her hay just sits there and she take a few bites. But is it bad to leave it there too long? And if it is when do I toss it?
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        05-25-2014, 11:02 PM
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    Weanling
    As long as it is dry and unsoiled, it is okay to keep. If loose hay sits in a pile too long it may get dusty, so clean it out if it gets to that point, but there is no set expiration date on left over hay. If the hay is sheltered from the elements it will last longer. If it is outside in the weather, it should be replaced at least every few days, to prevent mold growth. Basically just use your best judgement. If it still looks fresh, keep it, if not, pitch it.
         
        05-26-2014, 12:06 AM
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    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kiltsrhott    
    As long as it is dry and unsoiled, it is okay to keep. If loose hay sits in a pile too long it may get dusty, so clean it out if it gets to that point, but there is no set expiration date on left over hay. If the hay is sheltered from the elements it will last longer. If it is outside in the weather, it should be replaced at least every few days, to prevent mold growth. Basically just use your best judgement. If it still looks fresh, keep it, if not, pitch it.
    Ok thanks! She flips some on the ground and I throw that out, but the hay in her feeding bin never gets wet.
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        05-26-2014, 12:29 AM
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    Yearling
    Once the pastures have come in good enough I stop feeding hay because mine will start wasting it. Hay is too expensive and too labor intensive to keep giving it to them to waste.
         

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