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Horses given cow round bale not equine
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qhlover    Posted 09-24-2004 at 10:59:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My feed store delivers my round bales and puts them in the pasture for me. The last one they delivered was a week ago. I went out this morning to catch one of my horses and noticed that the round bale was the one sold for cattle. I called them and they told me to stop letting the horses feed on it ASAP as it can kill them through colic and some type of caterpillar (?).

Problem is, I am in FL and we got hit hard by Hurricane Frances and now Hurricane Jeanne is forecasted to be here tomorrow. I take all my horses with me when we flee the hurricanes and will be leaving tomorrow about noon. I have no way to get the remnants of this round bale out as it is too wet and far for me to drive my truck w/o getting stuck.

I would NEVER take such a risk as this any other time but with the world on my shoulders and the clock out of time, would I be out of my mind to pray and let the hay issue go until noon tomorrow?

Compounding to the problem, my pasture is very sparsely grassed and the horses nibble on the hay bale all day long.

Good, hard advice would be appreciated! Thanks

Dee in mid MO    Posted 09-24-2004 at 14:22:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I empathize with your desperate situation. One year we rejected beautiful alfalfa hay that contained a Blister beetle species which are dangerous to horses: poison & colic wise. The owner felt that it was OK for his cows but not for our horses. See the excellent website link below:

As far as fescue hay if that's what you have, it works OK for cattle, but has no nutritional value for horses and actually for pregnant mares, we keep them away from all fescue grass and fescue hay particularly in the last trimester. Regarding mold -- mold in large quantities can colic a horse and affect their respiratory health as well. Ask your feed man, exactly what mold or fungus he knows is in the hay. For instance, the Ergot fungus is quite dangerous to horses because it can cause abortions among other problems. You have a host of knowledge on the internet if you need more info. Good luck to you. Dee

Fern(Mi)    Posted 09-24-2004 at 13:02:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
To busy around here to molly-coddle horses. I give them the choicier round grass bales, or if stores short that hay with a minimum of alfalfa. Having a whole mostly grass bale in front of them we have never had a cholic problem. What little mold they encountert these guys have managed to avoid. They have managed to pick it over without side effects for years. For now our horses are still getting last years hat harvest. Any new hay for delicate shomacks stands for 90days for any minor pickling cycles them may go through. Green mistakes are ussually fed out to the cattle right away.
Thatt's it here!

toolman    Posted 09-24-2004 at 12:18:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
i don,t think it is hurting your horses any, like all NEW feed it should of been introucded to them more slowly , but unless that cattle hay is really rich alphafa hay or something else you have down there that we don,t up here, it shouldn,t hurt them, the only thing is people will feed cattle hay that may have mold , cattle can handle mold way better than horses, also some time cattle are given feed that does not have as high a nutrional value as you would want for your horses especially in colder climates.the fact that they have been on it for a week and your not seeing any problems, should comfort you.i,ll tell you one thing though about feeding round bales especially to horses your taking a chance that the farmer got it bailed dry and out of the weather without getting any moisture, and that can be a chore for even the best hay makers at times.i won,t feed the big round bales to my horses , i feed the small bales and i can see what im giving them every feeding, best of luck down there with all them storms.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 09-24-2004 at 11:25:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since they've been feeding on it for a week, I would doubt that nibbling for another day will do any additional damage.

The feeder is CYA because they told you to discontinue feeding it as soon as they found out.

I'm not real well versed in horses, I prefer the very forgiveable digestive tract of bovine! :-)

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