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    02-05-2007, 08:49 PM
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Foal
What is the best Horse Hay?

Hi there I'm new just joined today..so my question is whats the best hay to feed your horses? I own 2 horses , for one hay isn't an option due to old age and no teeth-so he has senior feed with soaked alfalfa cubes but my other horse foundered quite some years ago so I'm real careful how I feed her, normally I feed timothy but have noticed just recently that she's isn't that interested (shes also getting up there age wise-teeth are fine) would a mix of alfalfa/timothy be safe- or any other grass mix? Any advise would be brilliant, thanks a million for your time-Cheers Hilary.
     
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    02-12-2007, 12:59 PM
  #2
Foal
I feed straight Alfalfa to my stallion and my mare in foal. The others are eating coastal bermuda.
     
    02-12-2007, 03:17 PM
  #3
Weanling
I feed my ponies and horses horseage or hayledge or just normal hay

Working ponies, pregnant or old - horseage or hayledge
Non workers - normal hay
     
    02-12-2007, 04:42 PM
  #4
Weanling
My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE HAY is Alfalfa <3 Just a meager 2 flakes in the morning, and 2 flakes in the evening!

SADLY... Alfalfa isnt native to like.. ANYWHERE near South Carolina.. and costs a whopping 11.50 a bale.. in Los Angeles, it was only 4.50 a bale ;; Instead, I am stuck with Coastal hay. You have to feed half a bale to your horse for each feeding. Its seriously just grass too. I am paying for baled lawn clippings!!

LOL can you tell I have animosity for Costal? Alfalfa is kinda dangerous though.. it is very rich, and could cause colic if overfed. A lot of Southern raised people I have met refuse to feed it because they are afraid of their horse colicing, LOL
     
    02-12-2007, 10:36 PM
  #5
Yearling
I'm pretty sure that the hay we're feeding most everyone is fescue hay, and my parents 2 Arab's get Alfalfa.
     
    02-12-2007, 10:38 PM
  #6
Foal
Id love to pay only 11.50 a bale of Alfalfa! Im paying $35 for these Im getting from Idaho. :roll:

Brittany
     
    02-12-2007, 10:40 PM
  #7
Foal
Also wanted to menion, do not feed fescue hay to mares that you have that are in foal or plan on breeding soon. Fescue hay is NOT good for mares in foal.
     
    02-12-2007, 10:41 PM
  #8
Yearling
That is so expensive!!
     
    02-12-2007, 10:45 PM
  #9
Foal
Yeah tell me about it. Cheapest is $18 a bale and its small and really crappy. Id rather have larger bales that last me longer and are better quality. Especially when it comes to feeding my stallion. He is SUPER picky. If its too dry or has too many stems he wont touch it. My pregnant mare will eat anything.

I can also get Alfalfa blocks. Anywhere from 700 pounds to 1200 pounds. They run around $120 to $200 I believe. Never tried them though, just heard about a place that started carrying them. Have a couple friends that are trying them out. One friend's horses are doing so well that she has removed their grain intake all together.
     
    02-13-2007, 07:47 AM
  #10
Foal
Holy Moly that is expensive! I just got in 36 bales of clover hay for $6ea delivered! That's the conventional sized normal bales. We are quite lucky in NZ that feeds and grains are quite cheap. The average bag of chaff here is about $16-$20 for a massive sack(20-25kg). Is that cheap?
     

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