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Proper Feeding of Horses and Ponies

Best practices for feeding horses and ponies to keep them healthy and in top performance condition.

Oct 19, 2016
Slow-Feed Hay Nets Prove Their Worth for Horses on a Diet
The use of a slow‐feed hay net coupled with a feed-restricted diet appear to be effective in decreasing body weight in overweight adult horses and maintaining more moderate blood and hormone patterns, researchers report.
The University of Minnesota study team noted that modern horse management systems tended to limit their opportunity to forage, instead relying on meal feeding. This, they said, may contribute to the rise in equine obesity. More info...

Mar 22, 2016
Horse Hay and Feed Storage: How Long is Too Long?
By Clair Thunes, PhD
Id like to save money by buying horse hay and feed in bulk. How long can I store each, and is spoilage a concern?
Storing Hay
You can store hay indefinitely if the stack is managed correctly; although, in humid climates, using hay within three years of harvest is ideal. Hay growers need to bale it at correct moisture levels because if its baled too damp the hay will generate heat, which leads to molding. Barn storage, especially long term, is best as it will prevent damage from weather. Rodents and other animals should be kept out and hay should be stored off the floor. Bales places directly on concrete could sweat and, if placed on the ground, might wick up moisture, which could result is losing up to 50% of your bottom bales. Placing hay on pallets or a thick layer of old hay or straw is recommended. More info...

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