Originally Posted by Tarpan
I got my boy a roll of hay for the winter, and I'm starting to see little flecks of undigested hay in his feces. Should I be concerned? His manure is well formed and solid, and the undigested hay is on the surface. Is this like what happens to us when we eat say... corn?
Or should I be concerned? This is the first time he's been interested in eating hay since I got him - prior to this he let the hay rot in the pasture and just grazed.
I only know that the digestibility of grasses reduces as the grass ages so maybe your bale was late cut
There are a lot of scientific papers on this sort of thing
Yes it is the same sort of thing as when we eat something like corn where the 'shell' (probably not the right word for it) is indigestible but still has a use as fibre that slows the digestive process down.
Horses do have a different digestive system to humans as they are able to digest cellulose it but in large amounts may still not deal with it all
Best advice is to keep an eye on him and get the hay analysed