Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Six Hay Alternatives for Horses

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These options, including hay cubes and chopped forage, will help you stretch your hay supply.

By Elaine Pascoe

If you want to stretch your hay supply with a substitute, know how much hay you’re feeding by weight. “Substitutes don’t come in ‘flake’ measurements, so weigh the hay to have an idea of the appropriate weight to substitute,” says Rhonda Hoffman, PhD, an associate professor of horse science at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. She adds that any dramatic changes to a horse’s diet should be done gradually, over a period of one to two weeks, to avoid risk of digestive upset. Here are six substitutes, in her order of preference:

1. Bagged chopped forage. It can replace all of your horse’s hay, if necessary...

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