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post #1 of 2 Old 05-19-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Different types of Grass Hay

I am looking into getting some hay for my two horses and I generally just buy what is close and reasonably priced. This year I have found a few different options and was wondering which is better.
They all are roughly the same price/same distance.

The options are
1. brome/orchard grass mix. $4
2. brome. $4.5
3. praire grass. $4.5
All are 50-60lb bales.

I've used praire grass in the past from this same seller and it seemed to be good quality, but my BO said she would never feed it to her horses, and only feeds brome. Is there really a quality difference?
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-19-2014, 09:15 PM
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Most grass hays have the same nutrient content, from type to type, but it can and will vary according to many factors.
I suggest having a few bales of each tested if you can. This will tell you where you'd get more bang for your buck since the prices are all so similar. If you can't get the hay tested then you'll need to look the hay choices over and decide which appears best for your horses.
The more leafy and immature it is the more nutrient dense and digestible it will be, perfect for horses in moderate or heavier work, pregnant mares, and hard keepers.
If it's more mature and stemmy, then it'll do better for easy keepers or horses in little to no work, and it'll have more fiber.
If your horses are somewhere in between maybe you could buy some of each and mix them together to 'customize' their hay rations.
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