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  • Why do horses like old hay rather than new
  • Do horses like old hay

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    01-09-2012, 03:49 PM
Preferes old hay?

Im running low on this years hay (getting another delivery this week) so am giving alli some of last years stuff and she is leaving the newer hay and just eating the old stuff. Last years hay seems fine (smells sweet, not damp/mouldy, still slightly green but isn't as gold coloured as this years stuff) but it does feel a lot softer and less rough than this years stuff. Perhaps why she preferes it?

Do you guys think it ok to give her the older stuff? Bit worried about dust spours and all that but if she preferes it, its going to be fine, isn't it? Lives out anyway so dust wont affect her as much will it? She's not going eat hay that's not ok is she when she has this years stuff availiable?
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    01-09-2012, 04:42 PM
Green Broke
Horse will eat what tasts best. I would start mixing the 2 hays to transition over to the new stuff.
    01-09-2012, 05:02 PM
Green Broke
Old is fine to feed it just loses color and some nutrition as it ages but it is very feedable and they do like finer hay
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    01-09-2012, 08:18 PM
Agree with the above posts. Hay that has been properly cured and stored can last a very long time. It does lose some nutrition over time, but don't judge by color...color has very little to do with nutrition or how tasty the hay is.
    01-10-2012, 07:25 AM
I am feeding hay that we bailed 2 summer's ago. We had a bad hay year last year and an excellent year the year before and my horses are going just fine on it. They also get feed and alfalfa pellets, but if they hay is cured and stored properly like a previous poster said, it will last for a really long time. If that is what she wants to eat, I wouldn't worry.
    01-11-2012, 01:15 AM
Hey I like popcorn a few days after it's popped If it's safe and he likes it why not?

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