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post #21 of 24 Old 08-16-2010, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
I would genuinly like to know what you think it is in soaked hay that causes colic or founder?
My older horse who is very prone to colic will actually drag her hay to her water bucket and throw it in when ever she feels 'colicy' so judging from that I'd have to say it actually helps them digest and pass their feed better.
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post #22 of 24 Old 08-16-2010, 03:19 AM
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Not necessarily. If you just leave it, yes eventually it will spoil/ferment.

Is there anyway you can open the bale and allow it to dry? as long as it gets air on it, and isn't allowed to "heat up" it should be fine. Its the combination of wet and heat that will cause a bale to mold. But wet hay in of its self is safe to feed.

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post #23 of 24 Old 08-16-2010, 04:51 AM
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its not being wet that makes the hay bad. its weather it starts to mold. yes it can get warm or even hot. its why it should be stacked on its side with good ventilation all around.

looser bales will dry better then tight ones. i have gotten wet bales and not had mold or mildew grow in them. others i have. it only has to sit for a day for it to start growing mold. if you catch it as soon as it wet, or fairly closely after, you can salvage it. oither wise if i have to will just feed it after i found it as long as it isnt moldy.

if your horse is well feed, and they can be picky about their meals (like mine) they wont eat moldy hay. it doesnt taste or smell appealing to them. they'd rather wait for the next meal or go eat old pasture grass (i am talking winter as i dont feed hay in summer unless i am camping out).
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Thanks again! I do know that wet hay is ok to feed horses, as Bruno had a dry cough for a few days and the vet told me to wet his hay and see if that helped, which it seemed to. He had no issues eating the wet hay, didn't seem to bother him or deter him at all. He gobbled it right up!

I was just worried about the wet hay sitting and getting moldy, especially in hot and humid SoFla. I separated the flakes on my patio and dried them in the sun. Flipped them over, dried them some more. Of course I couldn't put the bale back together, so my feed room is kind of a mess now! :) I keep the hay on a pallet so it can get air, but I also cover it loosely with a tarp because I know if an animal pees on it, it can be really bad for the horses.

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