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post #1 of 4 Old 03-12-2012, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hay and new enviornment

Hey guys,

So I have my first horse coming home within the next few weeks, so now I'm preparing his home. Thing is, horse nutrition is far, far more complicated than dog/cat nutrition! (and the majority of what I do at work is help owners with nutrition for their pets) I've bought at least $100 dollars worth of books on horse nutrition, and plan to get caught up, but there's only so much I can learn in a certain amount of time!

So what's the usual regarding transitioning a horse to a new kind of hay? The horse in question right now is on a quality timothy/brome mix.

Timothy, where I am, is extremely expensive so I want to get him on some good quality 2nd cut local grass hay. Most of the horses in the barn he's going to are on this stuff and the hay is good quality.

Would it be prudent to get a week or so worth of timothy hay to transition him onto the local? Or is that not necessary, so long as he remains on a grass hay?? I'm tempted to do so as he's going to a completely different environment he's used to and I thought it'd help reduce stress if his hay is at least similar to what he's used to.

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-12-2012, 11:08 AM
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In a perfect world, you would get a bale with the horse but it really isn't that necessary. I buy hay from multiple sources and I switch varieties of grass with almost every load with no problems. Nutritionally, grass hays are comperable. The big difference is taste and preference.
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-12-2012, 12:32 PM
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It doesn't hurt to ask for a bale of hay with the horse. Depending on how much you paid for the horse, and how hard it is to come by quality hay in your area, I'd expect most sellers to be obliging.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-12-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thing is, I'm doing a big hay order right now so it's easy enough to get some timothy too, but sounds like its not really necessary...? Will ask if the sellers can bring a bale though.
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