Fodder? Sprouting seed for horses-Thoughts?

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  1. 1DayRanch

    1DayRanch Senior Member

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    Hey everyone. Long time no see. It has been a pretty crazy time recently but what else is new! haha. Just haven't had time to get on here in a while... but, I was kinda introduced to this today and my first thought was "I'm going to post this and see what the forum people's opinions are!"

    So. Fodder. Yes? No? Horrible idea don't ever do it? Best thing EVAR?

    A friend of mine who volunteers for my rescue was talking with me today about how her friend in New Mexico is starting to sprout her own barley in a hydroponics system at her home to feed to her horses. Apparently it has cut her need for feeding supplemental feed a ton as well as cut back on her need to feed as much hay as she has been. The grains (from what I've researched so far it can be a mix of a bunch of different grains depending on peoples preference) are kept in a particular temp environment in trays and watered at specific intervals. The grains go from grain to a flat of about 5 inch tall sprouts in 6-8 days. I guess the key is to get it rotating so that you daily just grab a tray and throw the whole flat of sprouted grain to the horse. The whole thing being edible. Since it is grown in a greenhouse environment this also means that you would have this year round, no mater the season or weather.

    It just made me curious while she was talking about it and so i started researching and found that you can spend $10,000+ and get a whole "system" from some major producers. OR you could do it DIY style and a little less fancy by building your own greenhouse and system at home. Might not be quite as pretty but it works the same way. In theory it looks like this wouldn't be a bad idea... it would save money, and be consistent. Not to mention self sufficient which is always nice.

    So has anyone ever done this? Do you know of how safe or unsafe it is? How would this effect a horses need for supplemental hay (other than what they graze on in turnout)?

    Obviously, this is something I would never just start doing out of the blue and I def am going to talk to a bunch of vets and ask their opinions. it just sparked my interest and in the current situation it seems like it might be a way for a lot of the people (especially in my area right now-the drought combined with a tornado which leveled most of the area last year and destroyed a bunch of the local crops has been killer) to become self sufficient and at least be able to feed their own horses even when the weather doesn't want to play nice. It is also supposed to be SUPER healthy for the horses.

    Or, it might be a horrible idea! haha. Like I said, just curious. Would love to hear everyone's input! Thanks!
     






  2. Heaven Sent

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    I saw this at Equine Affaire last year but I'm not sure what kind of seed was used. I saw one of the breed demo horses get his first taste and he went nuts over it. At the time I thought any horse in Southern California would go nuts over a patch of such lush grass - what's the big deal? So, I don't have a company name or much info to give you. Now, I'm interested too! I was thinking about sprouting some seed in an effort to tempt my horse to eat more. Horse Expo comes to town next month so I'm going to try and track down a similar company.
     
  3. Chester

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    Oh, i didn't see that! Yeah, I agree with what some people are saying..... however, I need to know where these people are getting 1000lb bales of hay for $40 because I need to move there. NOW. 1000lb round bales of hay right now in my area are costing me around $185 per round bale. That is just for DECENT horse grass hay. A small square bale is around $13.50 per bale.

    Yeah, its not good.
     
  5. GingersMum

    GingersMum Senior Member+

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    ^Try $17 for any type of quality, it's actually better than the $25 we had last summer. Anywho just subbing, I've seen quite a few advertisements for this.
     
  6. 1DayRanch

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    Yeah, I get a good deal for my small bales because I have been doing business with this guy for MANY years.... problem is, he will be totally out of hay here soon so it looks like I will be paying that soon myself. Trying to get round bales or 4X9 big square bales is just painful... Paying almost $200 for hay that isn't even that great hurts bad. My thoughts are with ya, girl. Hopefully things will turn around someday in the not so distant future... This is why Im looking into alternative options. Gotta work with what we can right now.
     

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