Unmown hayfield Q

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  • Will horses eat a tall hay field?
  • If my hayfield turned brown, will my horses still eat it

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    05-17-2012, 04:27 PM
Unmown hayfield Q

Hi, I sowed my field last fall, and everything came up.....no horse and it is all waist high or a bit more, seed headed, laying down in places, a lovely field of uneaten unmown horse pasture!

I have tried and tried to find a hayer, or a bushhogger: no luck. I will want to get a horse soon, and my Q is: can I turn out a horse (presumably already grazing ) on this tall stuff? Or will a horse find it too coarse to eat?

I am an older rider, and sycthing (sp) by hand is not an option, lol.

Advice, ideas? TIA !
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    05-17-2012, 04:42 PM
My horses have always left the tall stuff and ate the short new growth. But I don't know if it would be different with hay...
    05-17-2012, 04:47 PM
They'll eat it if they are hungry enough, but they will spend all day looking for the tender stuff.
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    05-17-2012, 05:06 PM
I would think the tall stuff would poke them in the eye or nose, but you're right if they are hungry enough, they could possibly pick it down to tender growth.....heck it's all edible, chewy or not.
    05-17-2012, 05:20 PM
If it was left the winter we get winter mold on the long grass here in MN so I needs to be washed off from a few rains before you want to let a horse out there. But they wont eat it they will just eat the short stuff that comes up under the long stuff.
    05-17-2012, 06:02 PM
Is there a neighbor in the area with a tractor? Maybe you could give them a little to come mow it down. Or perhaps try a craigslist ad to get someone to come and bail it.

Also, if it is long and pokey, a fly mask may help keep it out of their eyes.
    05-17-2012, 06:27 PM
No, I have tried and tried well before it got this high, and NObody out there will take it for hay, or mow it for me (of course I would pay for the latter).

So now here it sits, high (or laying down long) and unloved. Can't even walk through it now, I really seeded it well !

I was figuring well, if a horse will eat it this tall (never had this happen before getting a horse) then I am worrying for nothing. I would think the horse would trample most of it anyway, and chip the rest.....lol

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