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post #1 of 4 Old 01-23-2017, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows if you can feed hops to horses. I know a lot of people feed it to their cattle in the drought. We had a drought last year and the rain is still not coming and my horses paddock is basically finished. I was thinking of adding a bit of hops between her meals for extra food with the hey. We are planning on camping of another piece of land for her and the let the paddock rest but I will still need to give extra feed as it will not be as big as her actual paddock. Can anyone help?

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-24-2017, 06:02 PM
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Really it depends on if she shows the horse or not and what is on the show associations list of banned substances. Over here Hops are banned as they have a sedative like effect. I'm not sure if it's different between raw/ fresh or used hops (found in used distillery (some distillery grains are more corn based though, and brewers grains.) But it is something to keep in mind.

Also hops can have a slightly bitter taste that some horses may find unappetizing. But at the same time there has been some research that says hops can help with laminitis. Basically it's a try it if you want to kind of thing.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-30-2017, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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I don't show her or anything. She is a pleasure horse for now, she is only 4. The hops I can get are used hops from the distillery. They sell it in 50kg bags to the farmers. Maybe I could try and see if she likes it or not. She was a picky eater as a young foal but not anymore.
Thanks for your advice. I'll see if she likes it or not.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-31-2017, 11:02 PM
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I wouldn't. Spent hops tend to be bitter and most horses will not eat them. The bigger concern is mold. Bagged and wet, it will continue to put off heat and ferment. At a day it's still fine but after that all bets are off. Any tanginess you can smell is a sign of spoilage.
Feed companies use the bulk of the spent grains produced in both the beer and alcohol industry but it is first dried before being used as a feed ingredient. Dried it will keep for years.
Wish it was a viable option. I can get an unlimited amount for free and feeding 15 head would go a long way with my feed bill. I do feed it to my chickens and compost the rest.
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