Originally Posted by DrumRunner
Alright..So, my boyfriend talked to a farmer today about getting a few round bales from him and the guy said I can't feed peanut hay to a horse, it will kill it.. Is he just not informed about it or right? I highly doubt he's right, unless it was a colic or like wise, but he seemed pretty serious about it.
Apparently "It has too much dirt and would stop their intestines up."
Was reading older threads when I came up on this one. As nobody responded to this I thought I would.
There is peanut hay and there is peanut "hay". The kind that is accepted as good feed for animals is not a by product of peanuts. It is grown simply for forage and when done right is gorgeous hay that smells wonderfully. I don't know of anyone that has fed it to horses, only goats so can't comment on how horses would do with it.
I expect what your peanut hay guy was talking about was the plants that actually grew peanuts and then was baled when the peanuts were harvested.
I wouldn't feed that to a horse for sure. It's coarse leaves with thick stems and usually lots of dirt mixed in. Maybe cows could handle it but if I had cows I wouldn't even want to feed it to them. We grew a small patch of peanuts one year and after harvest I offered a handful of the plants to my goats.
They said "no thank you."
Just thought I'd comment in case anyone should be looking for peanut hay so they'd know what to ask the seller.