Forage and Pasture

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).
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 m...
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...
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.