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Rick P    Posted 04-20-2004 at 04:22:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good morning. I have a chance to use 10 acres and I want to seed it down. My ? is what is best for horse hay? Also would I need a cover crop? Thanks in advance. Rick P

Mark in MO    Posted 04-20-2004 at 07:34:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As a life-long horse owner, my advise would be Timothy/Brome mix. Horses do well on it, and it's fairly easy to grow. Alfalfa is good hay but requires more maintaince, and horses have a tendancy to get the Strangles with Alfalfa. Whatever you decide to seed just make sure that it's baled correctly. Neither dusty nor moldy hay should be fed to horses.
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Mark Hill

Rick P    Posted 04-21-2004 at 04:42:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark Thanks for the response I will check into that. I know alfalfa is not good for horses, I just want something easy. Thanks again. Rick P

Rick P    Posted 04-20-2004 at 04:38:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the fast response. I am in s.e. Wis. The 50/50 sounds good that way if there ever is a good year:) I can sell extra to dairy farmers. Thanks again Rick P

Texas    Posted 04-20-2004 at 04:32:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well first, where are you located? Here along the Texas Gulf coast most people plant Bahia for horse hay. Others plant Jiggs. The Tifton 85 or 95 (Bahia) is good. Jiggs has to be planted from sprigs, not seed.

sdg    Posted 04-20-2004 at 04:32:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I try to feed my horses mostly grass....timothy...Alfalfa tends to compact the horse. I have used 1/2 amd 1/2 and that works alright. I also use only timothy for my rabbits as alfalfa does the same to them. can't help you with the other part of your ? sorry

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