Thoughts on Clover Hay? - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 12-26-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 85
• Horses: 0
Thoughts on Clover Hay?

I was down to one bale of hay and was planning to pick up some more after work today from my usual place when my Aunt told me that her boyfriend's dad had a full barn of alfalfa hay that they were looking to get rid of because they had sold all their cows. Best of all they said I could have however much I wanted, I just had to pick it up. Perfect! Especially since Rusty was already getting alfalfay cow hay. I arranged for my step-dad to pick some up for me and asked him to feed Rusty for me while he was there since I was working.

Well I get home to examine this hay to find that it is alfalfay-grassy-clovery hay instead of just alfalfa. The alfalfay-grassy part does not concern me but the clovery part sure does. I had a friend accidentally kill 3 of his 5 horses on clover hay (some sort of toxic mold). My Uncle used to feed his horses (including Rusty) a mostly clover hay without a problem but I am still nervous. He seems fine but I would love some opinions on whether or not this hay will be ok. It smells nice and isn't dusty at all.

Thoughts?
Posted via Mobile Device
RustyBucket is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 12-26-2012, 09:25 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
I'm no help, but subbing to find out.
verona1016 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 12-27-2012, 10:39 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mountains of NH
Posts: 2,914
• Horses: 3
Most of the mixed grass hay here has a lot of red clover in it. Alfalfa is a pain in the butt to keep growing here, red clover is easy. Lime a field and clover grows in.

Dairy hay? They don't generally feed musty hay to dairy cows. Makes the milk taste musty if they do. If it's clean and fresh smelling I wouldn't worry.
SueNH is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 12-27-2012, 01:08 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
I thought red clover was bad for horses?
verona1016 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 12-27-2012, 01:23 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 5
Red clover has a fungus that causes horses to salivate a lot (and I mean really slober), but it doesn't hurt them. It is also high in sugars, so you may need to keep that in mind.
Posted via Mobile Device
PaintHorseMares is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 12-27-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 85
• Horses: 0
Thanks for the input! :)
Posted via Mobile Device
RustyBucket is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 12-27-2012, 05:13 PM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Posts: 2,475
• Horses: 1
Alsike clover can harbor a mold that makes a toxin that causes liver failure in horses. Here's the catch. You can feed the same ten horses in the same clovery field for ten years and never have a problem, but the eleventh year something screwy happens, the toxin grows and the horses get sick and die.

Slobbers (slafamine) from clover is messy, but pretty harmless. If you know or can find out the kind of clover, if it's not alsike, you're safe. Alsike Clover Poisoning, Photosensitization or Photodermatitis in Horses has good info. That said, my horse grazed in a pasture that does have a good amount of alsike all summer- not sure how much of it he ate (or not) though, or if it was a 'dangerous' year for it, but neither he nor any of the other horses had an issue.
Sharpie is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 12-27-2012, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 85
• Horses: 0
I believe it is the "Red Mammoth" clover.
Posted via Mobile Device
RustyBucket is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sweet Clover Hay? CowboyGirl Horse Nutrition 2 11-28-2012 07:21 AM
Is there a problem with clover mix? Cinnys Whinny Horse Nutrition 14 08-07-2011 08:52 AM
drooling and clover? QHDragon Horse Health 2 07-21-2010 08:42 AM
Clover jumping steff Jumping 6 03-28-2010 02:10 PM
Clover = LOVE MacabreMikolaj Horse Pictures 6 07-26-2009 12:40 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome