suggestions about switching hay
I have been getting 1st cutting from the same guy for 3 years. This year, we had a very dry July so I was feeding hay during the summer (what would have been our hay for the winter). So now its December and he is out of hay. I found another supplier and he delivered hay today. I believe the new hay is second cutting. I didnt ask because when he gave me the price I assumed it was first cut (if that makes sense) The other stuff wasnt great quality hay.. light green/yellowish, a little stalky. The new stuff is a grassy mix, pretty green, soft, smells great :) The horses absolutely love it. My concern is how to switch them over to it without anyone getting sick.
What should I be worried about when switching them? Diarrhea, colic, founder??
I have 5 horses.. 25 yr old appendix QH, 23 yr old TWH, 20 yr old QH(with horrible teeth), 6 yr old belgian/TB (EASY keeper- a little chubby) and 7 yr old TB.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!