Good quality fescue hay or orchard grass hay

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  1. Codybruce

    Codybruce Full Member

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    I'm feeding my ottb who is somewhat of a hard keeper really good quality fescue hay and alfalfa cubes and I'm wondering if orchard grass hay would be better for a hard keeper. I found a place that sells orchard grass and Timothy mix hay but it takes an hour to get there, I can get the fescue hay at a farm that's near where I live.
     
  2. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    Alfalfa hay is best for hard keepers. Orchard has a lot of sugar--timothy has less. If you have access to alfalfa hay or alfalfa/timothy I would go with that. Are you graining the horse at all? If so, what are you using and how much?
     
  3. BluemoonOKy

    BluemoonOKy Senior Member

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    A) I prefer alfalfa baled rather than cubes or pellets...usually much better quality of you can get it.
    B) without a hay analysis, there is no way to compare
    C) I feed orchard mixed hay, alfalfa and have fescue in my pastures. So, they are all suitable long stemmed forage
     

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