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post #11 of 15 Old 08-01-2011, 02:59 PM
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The only problem I've had with clover hay is Soda refusing to eat straight grass hay after he had a run of clover mix. :roll:
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-02-2011, 08:19 PM
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Edited to say that there is now no point to my first post. I did a little research and posted below ;)

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post #13 of 15 Old 08-02-2011, 08:28 PM
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Ok, here's a wonderful link about clover and the issues that are potentially associated with it: http://www.extension.umn.edu/gardeni.../Clover_FS.pdf

It seems that the issue with the red clover is that it takes longer to dry, and thus is more prone to mold. All of these issues are associated with mold being present on the clover, not the clover itself.

I do have to say that after reading this I would not be too keen to try new hay with clover. However, if you already know that your horse is fine with these bales, I see no reason not to feed them unless they seem inconsistantly dried to you.
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Ok, here's a wonderful link about clover and the issues that are potentially associated with it: http://www.extension.umn.edu/gardeni.../Clover_FS.pdf

It seems that the issue with the red clover is that it takes longer to dry, and thus is more prone to mold. All of these issues are associated with mold being present on the clover, not the clover itself.

I do have to say that after reading this I would not be too keen to try new hay with clover. However, if you already know that your horse is fine with these bales, I see no reason not to feed them unless they seem inconsistantly dried to you.
They are freshly baled and cured so I will keep a keen eye out on each flake I feed him. I believe it is purple clover because some of my bales are particularly purple-ish.
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-07-2011, 08:52 AM
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We have clover in our prairie hay. Never had a problem with it. Some bales have more clover in them than others - so the horses don't always get as much as they would like. We do makes sure our hay is well dried before we bale it. It usually doesn't take very long. In the hot, dry windy Oklahoma summers, prairie hay can often be cut, dried, raked and baled in one day!

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