Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots
So my one supplier for round bales completely bailed out on me so now I'm off looking for someone else. I did find someone who is selling Timothy grass mix That looks really good.
What is the difference between a Tim-Orchard mix and Tim-grass mix?
I would like the keep the horses on either Timothy or Orchard, even a mix of the two would be wonderful if I could even find it. Alls I keep seeing is either orchard grass mix or a Tim grass mix but I'm nervous I'll make the horses sick...im over paranoid.
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This is really interesting to me as in the UK we buy Hay, or Haylage. We never know or ask the type of grass and I think if we did the farmer would look at us like we'd stepped off the moon! There is an argument that if you are changing hay supplier you should try to mix the old and the new over a couple of days - but most people don't or can't do this.
On the fat pony/ad lib hay laminitis issue I would say this:
If you're pony is already obese, then you should be cautious. Ditto if it has had laminitis in the past. If it is a normal healthy weight, then you should expect the onset of cold weather to balance out the increase in calories that ad lib hay will give. Watch him over the first days and if he's blowing up like a balloon then it's probably not yet cold enough for all that hay!