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  1. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I got offered some really cheap hay from a family member. Like $25 a bale for round bales. I’m pretty sure it’s grass hay. It’s just a field that she can no longer mow and they sold off all their cows years ago. I’m just wondering if it will be okay for my horses to eat. I know it won’t be the...
  2. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hey everyone, I already had a notion of it, but I have digging a little more and many people defend that horses, specially stalled ones should have 24h access to hay. Our horses are fed in meal times. It kind of worries me the night period, because the next meal is fed about 12 hours later. They...
  3. Horse Health
    I am wondering if my mini needs a grazing muzzle or not. He is already on the chunkier side but that’s how he was when i got him, about a month ago. I’ve started ground driving him 5-6 days a week for about 15-30 mins. My animals are on dry lot with very little grass. The do have 24/7 costal mix...
  4. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hey guys! I’m wondering what everyone’s feeding schedule is? How often do you give grain? And in the winter when they can’t forage do you give them constant access to hay? If a person has a weird schedule can a horse adapt to that? Like I have insomnia so I can’t fall asleep till 6am and don’t...
  5. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hello, My 12 yr old chestnut mare is obcessed with food, but it can be the pickiest eater in the world. The quality of the hay she eats is quite good, but it is not regular. Some bales have straw-type hay. The forrage is thicker. When that happens she simply will not eat it! I am talking about...
  6. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hello, I am new to having my horses at home and have run into my first dilemma! I have second cut local hay that had gotten wet on the outsides of the bales due to a recent storm that pulled my hay storage area apart. The bales have now gone mouldy only on the outsides/where they got wet...
  7. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Could you please give me the Alfalfa hay rules. From what I’ve heard Alfalfa hay is to horses what spinach is to Popeye. my new horse had been sitting all year so is a bit lazy. I’ve had him for about a month in a half, he’s a pleasure/trail riding horse. When I ride him he’s slow and lacks...
  8. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hi All - First, I am so excited that I found this group as I am a new horse owner! I have read through some of the discussions and am excited to learn from you all! Backgroud: We have two quarter horse geldings - both 23 years old. Super sweet horses - used for 4H, E team, etc. We live in...
  9. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hey y'all, I get my hay locally. Last year, the hay was really good quality. The last two batches I've gotten, in May and August, has been mediocre. There are chicken feathers all through the hay, and when the horses finish their dinner, there are clumps of "something" that fell through the...
  10. General Riding queries
    Is it unusual for "fresh cut" smelling hay to be around?
  11. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    So tired of looking for hay! Given that this year has been terriblly rainy and bad for hay apparently, these are the two best options I'm finding at all. Option #1 - is a third cutting Orchard Grass - soft, green and brown in color, slightly dusty. Confused that seller claims it's lower in...
  12. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I'm new to being responsible for finding my horses' hay as I boarded for the first 17 years and I'm terrified I made a huge mistake. I got a sample of 10 bales from this farmer and to me they seemed good, smelled good, nice color, soft. So I went ahead and bought 240 bales for the winter. Well...
  13. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I recently posted in another section here about having to bring my horses home unexpectedly after boarding for 17 years. I have never had to find and buy my horses' hay before and I'm a little unsure, also having a bit of a hard time finding many options. But they are easy keepers, 22 and 27...
  14. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I just got a new 8 year old horse two weeks ago who will not eat Flakes of hay, I am wondering if i should get him started on timothy cubes or pellets and make kind of a mash for him, also should i give him an electrolyte as he doesn't use his salt block and he sweats a lot as it is usually 100...
  15. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I've been looking for some round bales for my horse and the two other ones that share the paddock with him. My only problem is I am not able to find anything other than Bermuda Coastal in my area?! I have gone on to several websites to look for something like TNA, Timothy, Orchard, and I have...
  16. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hi everyone! I own a Welsh cob 13.2hh and so far I haven't had to feed him anything besides grass (and a salt lick) as he came to me extremely over weight. I have finally brought his weight down and its now turning into winter over here (Aus) Just wondering if its okay to buy a bale and feed...
  17. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    My gelding has some resp. issues and the vet recommended thoroughly wetting his hay down before feeding. It's been helping (yay!) but something weird has started to happen. I've been drenching his meals in a bucket then lifting out, hanging (I do this and feed using a slow-feed haynet) and...
  18. Horse Health
    Hello everybody! I am a new member of this forum, although I am not new to horses, since I have had my friend for more than 25 years now. I have a problem: due to a blizzard, my bales of hay got wet. They are not soaked, but they are wet all around. I opened 1 bale and the middle of it is...
  19. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I am purchasing a mare and want to maintain her weight, but want to improve upon her diet a bit. I also want to make sure I am making the right choices and also keep cost in mind. I have done a whole bunch of research and have a couple of options. Currently, she gets AM: 2-3 flakes grass hay...
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