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toosexy4myspotz 05-16-2013 04:32 PM

questions about clover hay
I rearranged my pastures once again because our 26 yo was having a complicated time. So, I put him in the with 5 yo mare that is lowest in the pecking order. Because the 26 yo was having trouble eating the alfalfa/timothy hay we bought some clover mix hay off a local cattle farmer. I would say by looking at the hay it is 60% clover 40% orchard grass. Our 26 yo doesnt seem to be having any problems eating the hay and my 5 yo devours hers like its candy. I know clover runs very high in protien and it needs to be cured properly or the clover blooms tend to mold. So, far I have had absolutely no problems with this hay. I havent seen or smelled the slightest bit of mold in it. I was just wondering if anyone has anymore insight on feed hay this rich in clover.

PaintHorseMares 05-16-2013 05:08 PM

We don't feed clover hay, but our pastures are probably more than half clover and we've never had any problems.
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toto 05-16-2013 05:26 PM

Our hay gets hops clover and red clover depending on the time of year- its an orchard mix with fescue and clover. Our older horse and younger both do great on it.

As far as the mold goes- weve not had a problem with it molding- long as its dryed in the pasture before baled it shouldnt mold durring the curing process.. we bale up tight bales too. No loose strings here. ;-)


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