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    02-28-2013, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
The hay in the top photo is the same as the bottom picture. The top pic- the hay isn't that dark. My phone has a terrible camera.

My gelding is founder prone so he is actually just on a pound of nutrenas empower balance cause he needs to loose some weight before spring time. It's Timothy orchard hay if I do recall. And what do you mean by squatty?
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    02-28-2013, 01:02 PM
We feed round bails that are stored outside, and have never had a problem. One thing with round bails. You need to feed more then they will eat, don't short them with feeding round bails. Most of the time horses will pick around bad hay and won't eat it. But, if you short them and out of hunger they will eat the bad hay that can lead to problems. Another thing is how it is staked can cause it to mold more.
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    02-28-2013, 01:02 PM
Are the bales misformed, not round? Only reason I asked was because if it's older hay it'll be oval, not a circle, crumbling, and not have much nutrition.
    02-28-2013, 01:02 PM
    02-28-2013, 01:27 PM
We have fed roundbales for 30+ years. We bale our own and we do not store it under shelter. We bale a 200 acre hay meadow and get several hundred bales a year. We have never given a botulism shot, or had a horse sick from eating our hay. We do not feed the horses hay that is over a year old and we only feed hay from NOV to Mar.
Baling hay too green is the problem we are seeing around here. Due to the ongoing drought and hay prices that are very high some people are baling any open pasture and selling the hay. Know what you are buying. That is the key. Shalom
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    02-28-2013, 01:40 PM
Green Broke
I believe the hay is just from last year. It's circle, not oval
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    02-28-2013, 02:00 PM
That hay looks like two year old hay can't have much nutrition in it that's for sure. Looks to be alot of waste going on too. I wont buy hay that looks like that doesnt even look green inside the bale. Sorry I wouldnt feed it to my horses not sure my horses would even eat that.
    02-28-2013, 02:08 PM
Green Broke
Like I said. Bad picture quality. It is not that dark. It is still green inside but not very much. I didnt think it had much nutrition in it to begin with
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    02-28-2013, 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
Like I said. Bad picture quality. It is not that dark. It is still green inside but not very much. I didnt think it had much nutrition in it to begin with
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Don't judge nutrition by has nothing to do with the other. The only way to know about the nutrition is to have it tested.
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