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.
Managing a horse with a metabolic disorder is a lifetime dedication. Like a child having a peanut allergy, it will always be something you need to be cautions of. There is no such thing as a safe pasture for horses with metabolic disorders. However, there are strategies to reduce the risk.
Meet Daisy. She is a newcomer to Gerdas Equine Rescue. She was neglected, had slipper hooves, laminitis, and untreated PPID. I will be Daisy's "Nutritional Sponsor", balancing her diet and guiding her nutrition through her recovery.