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Making the Change from Hay to HorseHage

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The importance of feeding a high quality forage cannot be stressed enough, for any horse or pony, and the benefits of changing from ordinary hay to a bagged forage such as HorseHage can be many.

Forage accounts for the largest part of the horse’s diet, and as well as providing essential nutrients, the digestion of forage produces heat, so it is a vital tool to help keep your horse or pony warm when the months turn colder later in the year.

HorseHage is absolutely dust and spore-free, which is a vital aid in maintaining a healthy respiratory tract and preventing conditions such as RAO (Recurrent Airway Obstruction). This is especially important when your horse has to be stabled for extended periods of time, and essential for any horse or pony that is competing.

It comes with a 100% quality guarantee on every single bale, contains no chemicals or flavourings, mould inhibitors or inoculants. It has a lower sugar content than most hays and has BETA FEMAS NOPS certification enabling you to feed with confidence.

It comes in four different varieties – Ryegrass, High Fibre, Timothy and Alfalfa. Both the High Fibre and Timothy options are suitable for laminitics.

Most horse owners are aware that when changing their horse’s feed, it should be done gradually over a period of seven to ten days, but many people don’t realise that this also applies to changing forage too.

Sudden changes in forage can significantly upset the balance of microflora in the horse’s gut and if sufficient time is not given to allow the ‘friendly’ bacteria to adapt, they will die and this can cause health problems and/or lack of performance for your horse.

Plan ahead to avoid running out of forage and having to change suddenly and, if and when you do decide to change, do it gradually by replacing a little more of your current forage each day with the new forage over a period of up to ten days, or even longer if your horse is particularly sensitive to dietary changes.