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post #1 of 8 Old 11-30-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Undigested Hay In Feces

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.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-30-2012, 06:01 PM
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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
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The faster a horse takes in feed, the faster it moves thro the system. This is why the small mesh hay nets are great as they slow down the entire process, improving digestibility.
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Hmm well he has been hanging around that round bale like its his new girlfriend... When I rake the feces out of his paddock it breaks up and appears to be manure throughout - the hay flecks are only apparent on the outside of the horse apple. Having the hay analyzed isn't really an option...

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If he's loving the hay that much then its likely to be OK - in fact so OK he's probably over eating - which is much the same as saddlebag said. I couldn't actually feed a round bale like that to any of mine - they would just eat till they ended up looking like beach balloons as they dont do enough work at this time of year to need it
Be careful - too much good hay can be as big a laminitis/founder risk as too much grass and the fact that they just stand there and eat rather than having to browse around means the blood isnt getting pumped around the feet so well either.
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Another thing you might think about is your horses teeth?? Are they properly able to grind the food???
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-06-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I've never had his teeth floated but he's only 3... I was planning on having it done next year when its time for his vaccinations since he's not dribbling food and is of good weight.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-06-2012, 08:32 PM
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It's a good time right now to get his teeth checked for any retained caps and wolf teeth. Funny how they attach themselves to feed, you'd think they were hogs, not horses.
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