Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by Paintlover, Dec 31, 2004.
Is red clover bad for horses? Our horses love it but I was just wondering.
Red clover can have a fungus that causs excesive salivation making your horse slobber all over the place. The fungus normally found when the clover is baled improperly and to wet. The slobbering is NOT life threatening, but can cause people to be concerned AND the slobbering generally goes away in a couple days after removig the hay from the horses diet. IN addition Red clover is a KNOWN bloat hazard for cattle so it could also cause colic in horses.
Other wise the hay is highly nutritious and over all a decent feed soursse for horses. However personally I'd not feet it as the ONLY source of forage. I think it would be fine in small to moderate amounts in a mixed hay ration with grass or other hays.
Ok, we feed 3 different types of hay at each feeding: alfalfa, grass with a few fragments of clover, and a grass that is dense with clover. It doesn't make them slobber (the person who bales it even has a humidity reading on the baler ), and guantees it for mold and such. So is it common for the horses to colic?
Legume and hay such as clover or alfalfal have 20% crude protein or higher. Harder on the adult horses liver and kidneys. High protein hays should be for young growing horses and brood mares.
There could be a vitamin K deficiency induced by sweet clover poisoning. An anticoagulant called dicoumarol(chemically related to warfarin) sometimes occurs in moldy clover hay or haylage.
Sweel clover is known for dicumeral production due to mold while Red clover is known for the 'black patch" fungus that causes excessive slobbering.
Alfalfa MAY have 18 up to over 22% Crude protein while red clover is in the 12-15 % crude protein range.
Here is a chart with different hay types.
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