Reasons Why You Should Test Your Hay

Reasons Why You Should Test Your Hay

When horse owners shop for grain or a supplement, they look at the ingredients and the guaranteed analysis. They care about what they are giving their horse. Unfortunately hay doesn't come with a Forage-Feed-Tag, and this makes up 80-100% of your horses diet. The only way to get a feed tag for you hay is to have it tested, this costs as little as $28 (www.equi-analytical.com).
Cold vs Warm Water for Soaking Hay

Cold vs Warm Water for Soaking Hay

Cold vs Warm Water for Soaking Hay
Introducing Spring Pasture

Introducing Spring Pasture

Introducing spring pasture too quickly can lead to possible colic, diarrhea and gas.
Average Nutrient Levels of VT & NH hay between 2016-2018

Average Nutrient Levels of VT & NH hay between 2016-2018

What stands out the most? All but four minerals are meeting requirements for your average 1,000lb horse at maintenance / light work, and two minerals are extremely high.
How much forage does your horse need to stay warm this winter?

How much forage does your horse need to stay warm this winter?

As the temperature drops, horses burn more energy to stay warm, therefore their energy requirements will increase. We can provide our horses extra energy in the form of concentrates and forage. Forages are digested by the microbes in your horses large intestine and produce more heat than concentrates.
How to hand pull a hay sample

How to hand pull a hay sample

The best technique to sample your horses hay is to use a mechanical coring probe made specifically for this purpose.  Probes are able to sample a cross-section of the bale (end to center) and the serrated tip allows collection of both coarse and fine particles.  When using a hay probe is not an option, the next best method is hand pulling from the center of multiple bales.

 

Understanding Your Hay Analysis

Understanding Your Hay Analysis

You've got your hay analysis...now what?  All these PPM's and % can be confusing!  This article will explain your resutls!