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RONDA, check this site
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Ron/PA    Posted 10-08-2003 at 16:21:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's the first basic mention of mycotoxins in the Merck Veterinary Manual. You may want to reference this from time to time. Most Vet's and feed company reps rely heavily on this manual

Feeding Practices: Overview

The horse is an athlete that must be properly nourished and appropriately trained for top performance. For proper nourishment, essential nutrients should be provided in an appropriate form at the appropriate time. Horses do best when fed regularly and, because their gastric capacity is limited, they may need to be fed frequently. For a hard-working horse in harness or under saddle, this may mean three or more feedings a day. Horses should not be fed >6 lb (~2.5 kg) grain in a single feeding. Large meals of grain should not be offered <1 hr before exercise or other stress such as transport. If three meals a day are offered, the daily grain ration should be split between the morning and evening meals and should be offered at least 1-2 hr before work starts. The noon feeding should be light and 1-3 lb (0.5-1.5 kg) of grain should suffice. Hay may be offered free-choice.

Because horses are particularly sensitive to toxins found in spoiled feeds, all grains and roughages should be of good quality and free of mold. Grains should be stored at a moisture content of <13%. In humid areas, processed feeds should contain a mold inhibitor to preclude spoilage. Dusty feeds should not be fed because they tend to initiate or aggravate respiratory problems.

Hot horses should be offered only small amounts of water until they are cool. Water should be clean and fresh.

See Also
Nutritional Requirements
Feeding Practices

Feeding Rates
Suggested Rations
Nutritional Diseases
Feeding the Sick Horse
Nutrition for Specific Diseases
Feeding the Aged Horse and the Orphan Foal

2003; Merck & Co., Inc. in cooperation with Merial Ltd. All rights reserved.

Ronda    Posted 10-10-2003 at 20:05:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Ron, Ill check that site out. I talked to the guy and hes gonna replace my hay even though he isnt too happy about it. Can you belive that Ive had horses for 13 years since I was 10 and have never had this problem. And I guess I really need to do more research because I thought that the moldy hay would make them colic and come to find out its really COPD that I have to worry about. Im learning more everyday
Thanks for the Info.Ronda

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