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my new bale of T&A hay got soaking wet. I need to toss it, right?

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    08-15-2010, 09:11 PM
Actually, nature has done you a favour - if you are feedinf fat minis, the rain will have leached out some fo the sugars. It is common practice to soak hay before feeding to get rid of some sugar.
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    08-15-2010, 09:15 PM
That is wrong. You do not want your hay wet or soaked. That's why the hay farmers dred when it rains. Cause it is bad and that why the have to go turn the hay over in the fields after it is cut. Hay is naturally grown with its minerals and proteins. That's why it molds so easy when it is wet.
    08-15-2010, 09:20 PM
Excuse me? Do you know better than those with University degrees in nutrition who recommend soaking hay before feeding it to insulin resistant or laminitis prone horses? Do you know better than the hundreds of people who sucessfully keep IR and laminitis prone horses healthy and sound by feeding soaked hay as part of their diet?

Have a look here for a scientific study on the benefits of soaking hay to reduce sugar and potassium levels:

You feed soaked hay immediatly or let it dry completely. Mouldy hay is completely different to soaked hay.
    08-15-2010, 09:26 PM
Cool!!!!!! But I don't think many horses like soaked hay... I sure the hek no mine doesnt. She will pick through it and find the dry stuff and then she will not eat the rest. But go ahead think what you want. And that's why a fat pony or horse will lose weight is cause they will starve themselves until that hay dries. And that's cool im training to be a veternarian technician. I spend all my time at the vet. And also that can cause colicing and foundering. So the best for wet hay is for cows as it dries out.
    08-15-2010, 09:43 PM
I have never heard or seen a horse turn up their nose at spaked hay. Many, many people feed it where I live.

and that's why a fat pony or horse will lose weight is cause they will starve themselves until that hay dries.
That is absolutely false. They lose weight because you are stripping the hay off the excess sugars. Most laminitic or IR horses are that way because they eat anything in front of them.

and also that can cause colicing and foundering
Also false. It REDUCES the risk of founder. What could possibly cause colic?


Soaked hay is ALSO good for horses with COPD, horses who are prone to choke, and horses who are sensitive to dust.
    08-15-2010, 09:53 PM
Cool!!!!!!!!! You live in austrailia or whatever. Im just say to the lady who asked the question.... I didnt ask you!!!!!!
    08-15-2010, 11:00 PM
You responded to my post by saying it was wrong - Which it wasn't. Of course I am going to defend my post and correct the misinformation within yours.

The country I live in has nothing to do with the mechanics of soaking hay. It is done in America also.

I would genuinly like to know what you think it is in soaked hay that causes colic or founder?
    08-15-2010, 11:29 PM
Kaydeebug: Hay baled when it is wet, and then not allowed to dry out is certainly better suited for cows, as it will be moldy. Hay that has gotten wet and is fed immediately is perfectly fine to feed to horses, and a bale of hay that has been rained on and then dried thoroughly, and fed within a week or so is also not going to cause any problem whatsoever. If it becomes musty or moldy, then it is no longer good to feed, but as long as it is sweet and grassy smelling, it is fine for horses. Not saying you have to feed it to your horses, but if someone else wants to, it won't do any harm.
    08-15-2010, 11:31 PM
I use to live in New Mexico and it was common for everyone in the barn where I boarded to rinse their hay before feeding. It got rid of all the extra sand and dirt in the hay. No horse ever turned up their nose at it...or waited for it to dry.
    08-16-2010, 02:28 AM
Make sure that the hay is dry if you store it. Everyone has already covered the risk of mould. However, another risk of wet hay is fire. If it starts to get mouldy, the mould produces heat, and the bale can set itself on fire. Make sure you spread it until it is dry :)

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