Hay Now: University of Kentucky Dispels Horse Forage Myths

Many horse owners consider their horses part of the family; as such, they want to make sure that their equine has the best feed available. However, when it comes to hay, its selection and determining its quality, horse owners have a lot to learn. An uneducated decision can lead to a wallop to the wallet: Horse owners pay a higher price for forage than any other livestock owner.

Read on to find out the real truth.

Myth: Horses should be fed higher-quality hay than cattle.
Fact: Horses digestive tracts are different from cattle, so an individual animal's needs should dictate the quality of hay provided. Things to take into consideration are work load, breed and any additional health issues a horse may have (like Cushings).

Myth: Always buy second-cutting hay because it's the best.
Fact: The No. 1 factor for determining hay quality is the stage the grasses were in during harvest. First-cut hay can be high quality if it is cut early.

Myth: XX hay is best.
Fact: Hay that is managed and harvested correctly will be higher in quality, no matter what type of hay it is. It's in the best interest of your wallet to look for local hay as it will be less expensive to transport.

Myth: Don't feed hay that has been rained on.
Fact: Even when rained on, hay can be an OK quality. Many factors affect the hay, including what type of hay is being baled, how long it sat and got rained on before being baled, and what stage of curing the hay is in.

Myth: Horses can't eat roundbales.
Fact: Botulism is a disease that can be found in rounbales that is concerning to horse owners as it can harm, and even kill, horses. However, proper storage, handling and feeding of roundbales will minimize botulism risk.

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