Adding hay to the diet was to sustain life in the winter months when no pasture was available.
Adding hay when there is no pasture (drought, lack of pasture) is an inadequate substitute for fresh and healthy pasture.
Feeding hay throughout the year leads to several nutritional deficiencies when not including adequate supplementation.
In this Rounds, Doc T discusses what kind of nutrition is in hay and why the makeup of today’s hay may be at the root of several illnesses and soundness issues in horses. He also looks at ways to make hay work for your horses with no other available food, or fresh grass is not an option. In all scenarios, hay is better than adding grain, except when it is not.
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