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    04-26-2012, 04:34 PM
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Foal
Orchard Grass Hay

I have been feeding good quality Orchard Grass Hay to my horses as I don't have a grass pasture up here in the mountains. My question is , can cooper and zinc be found in orchard grass hay? What kind of nutrient's are found in this type of hay as compared to Alfalfa or Timothy hay ?
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Ann
     
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    04-26-2012, 06:32 PM
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Alfalfa will have a lot of calcium in it, but to tell nutrients you will need to have a nutrient analysis done.
     
    04-26-2012, 06:58 PM
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Green Broke
Yep, getting a nutrient test done is the only way to know what is or isn't in your hay because it varies greatly by region.

Unless you have lots of well-maintained quality pasture, odds are your horse(s) would benefit from having a ration balancer in addition to hay. Even then, many areas of the US are deficient in selenium, which is a very important mineral!
     
    04-27-2012, 09:41 AM
  #4
Foal
I get my hay from the local feed store 3 months at a time so to test the hay every 3 months would be crazy. They get the hay from central ca. In the central valley usually .
I give them omega horse shine as a supplement which has alot of minerals plus omega fatty acids (biotin) and selenium also. I'm calling them up to find out how much in each cup serving because I don't understand the amounts on the label. I just know they need cooper and zinc and I hope they are getting the proper amount or I'll have to supplement it.
I wish I could find a farmer and buy hay for the year but I don't have the space for a year.
Thanks for the info.
Ann
     
    04-27-2012, 09:44 AM
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Foal
Would it be better to but a few bails of timothy hay also and mix it with the orchard grass hay.? Timothy isn't as hot as alfalfa right?
Ann
     
    04-28-2012, 10:20 PM
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90% of horses do not get "hot" on Alfalfa, and the few that do react to some thing in the alfalfa that they are allergic to and they go crazy.. If your store gets the hay from a relatively solid same source you can do a nutrient test every year or two.
     
    04-28-2012, 11:56 PM
  #7
Foal
The thing is I don't know where my store gets its hay. I believe its from different sourses. I had to purchase 5 bails the other day and there was mabe 10% alfalfa in the hay and my horses loved it. Would that amount be ok in the grass hay for them? I just thought that pure orchard grass was the best thing to feed for my horses. I noticed when there is a little alfalfa in the hay it hold together better and I don't seem to waste as much pulling it off the bale.
Thanks for the info caseymyhorserocks...
     
    04-29-2012, 05:11 AM
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Trained
Here is a good short article of things to consider wrt hay... http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/pubs/id146.pdf
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