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20 Tips to Buying Good Hay

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Hay is the hear of the horse's diet. A quality roughage is the best thing you can do for your horse.

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Stock up on 2nd cutting hay for the winter Report Abuse
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50/50 alfalfa and orchard grass Report Abuse
This is a good mix of hay, especially if the alfalfa is mid-bloom and the orchard grass is an early bloom. A 1200 lb horse would require 24.2 pounds per day vs 31.68 pounds of a timothy late bloom hay.
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Alfalfa facts Report Abuse
Many people avoid alfalfa because of its high calorie count. But if you buy a good, mid-bloom alfalfa you need to feed less, making it a good value for the dollar. You need to supplement selenium, zinc and vitamin e when feeding alfalfa exclusively.
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Make sure your hay was baled when dry Report Abuse
Baling a hay that has not had a chance to cure in the sunshine, results in mold.
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Hay should be green Report Abuse
A yellowed hay indicates the hay is aged and has lost valuable nutrients
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The most nutritious and easiest to digest hays have a high proportion of leaf to stem Report Abuse
This is easy to see in alfalfa where leaves are small and are clustered. In grass hays the leaf blade is thinner and flatter than the stems.
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Hays that have more stem than leaf are not as nutritious Report Abuse
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Alfalfa stems get more wood-like as the plant matures Report Abuse
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Young plants are more nutritious than older plants Report Abuse
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The age of the plant when it was cut influences the quality of the hay and the nutritional value Report Abuse
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Discard any hay with evidence of dead mice, rabbits, etc in order to avoid botulism Report Abuse
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Avoid hays with a heavy weed percentage Report Abuse
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Avoid hays infested with insects Report Abuse
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Alfalfa is a good hay to choose when you need more calories for your horse Report Abuse
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Check first cutting hay for weeds and mold Report Abuse
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Deal directly with a local farmer Report Abuse
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Only buy hay that has been complete cured Report Abuse
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Do not buy more than you can use up in a few months time Report Abuse
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Try to keep your horse's supply of hay relatively unchanging Report Abuse
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Make sure any round bales you purchase were covered during storage Report Abuse
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