There may come a time when you want to submit multiple hay samples to the lab for testing.A common example is a horse owner who feeds multiple horses the same hay but soaks or steams the hay for one horse.This owner wants to know the nutrient profile of the dry hay and of the same hay after it has been soaked or steamed. It is important to handle the sample properly in order to get accurate results from the lab.
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).
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.
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.