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  1. Horse 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...
  2. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Is it unusual for "fresh cut" smelling hay to be around?
  3. Horse 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...
  4. Horse 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...
  5. Horse 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...
  6. Horse 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...
  7. Horse 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...
  8. Horse 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...
  9. Horse 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Horse 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...
  12. Horse Nutrition
    Hello, I wanted to ask what hay you feed your horse and what opinion is the best hay for a horse? I know it greatly depends on what you're doing. So if I were to do general riding, trail rides, and MAYBE barrels for fun (not showing) what would be the best hay for that? Thank you and God...
  13. Horse Nutrition
    I would like to know a few things about moldy hay to increase my knowledge... when you answer these question it would be great if you could refer to the question you are answering by the number. (you don't have to answer all just the ones you know for certain). 1. Will horses eat moldy hay...
  14. Horse Health
    Hello, Here in Virginia we have very wet winters. Given this, much of the time during the winter, the hay is wet. I'm guessing this is not a problem, and to be honest there isn't much I can do about it...but I was just wondering if wet hay could cause any issues for the horses eating it? Thanks!
  15. Horse Nutrition
    This is somewhat urgent as I need to buy hay asap, it all seems to be going fast in preparation of winter now. But I've been searching for a good quality grass hay for a broodmare and can't find anything without fescue in my area. So looking for an alternative I came across round bales of...
  16. Horse Health
    My horses have been coughing lately. when in their stalls, riding at the trot for one and canter for the other (yet they can trot and canter on lounge line just fine!) and when they are outside. they are all outside 24/7 in a dry/dirt pasture and just come in for me riding or working with them...
  17. New to Horses
    This winter was our first winter having our two horses at our new farm. I bought way to much hay and will have a lot left over (50+ bales and 2 round bales). My questions are this: Can I keep this hay for next fall/winter? It has been in our barn. It is good hay. I was told hay will lose its...
  18. Barn Maintenance
    I'm looking at keeping two horses on about 2.5 acres of quality pasture 24/7 with access to a run-in and a lean to. However, I am having trouble figuring out where to store hay. In the winter months I anticipate going through about a bale a day if not more. When you don't have a barn where do...
  19. Horse Health
    in the winter my paint horse gets fat like really fat, ive had people come out to see them and ask when hes due.. his back strap goes from holes 2 and 3 to the last one. but in the summer hes lean and looking great! but winter he gets a huge belly! he is on a round bale, grass, 24/7 and gets...
  20. Horse Nutrition
    I have 2 horses. One a bit over weight. One a normal weight. I am looking for advise on best system for using slow feeders... We are predicted to have a tough winter. I will not have access to pasture turn out so they will be in a dry lot (which is really in reality going to be a mud lot ;))...
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