Have you had your hay tested/analyzed? Who did the work for you?

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by slc, May 13, 2017.

  1. slc

    slc Senior Member

    Feb 19, 2004
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    I need to choose a lab, so wondering who you use, if your extension office offers the service, etc.
  2. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Senior Member

    May 11, 2016
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    Most of our soil and forage is tested through the extension agent, but occasionally we hire a professional ration balancer and they test the forage used in their calculations for free.
  3. gaitedboomer

    gaitedboomer Senior Member

    Jan 26, 2009
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    I have always used Equi-Analytical.

    Price is predicated upon which tests you want run.

    Equi-Analytical | Profiling Feed for Better Nutrition

    I like these folks. They are timely with the results.

    The downside is you need a corer to send samples to them. I bought their corer a d got one free standard test when I bought it. I've had it for ten years and it has more than paid for itself.

    Unless your Co-op or Extension Service guarantees they test hay for a horse's needs, DO NOT let them test your hay. For their $7-$8 you get hay tested for cattle and most likely for dairy cows:)
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  4. DocsLglyBlonde

    DocsLglyBlonde Senior Member

    Mar 11, 2012
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    I second Equi-Analytical! I bought the corer recently and have done 2 testings so far, and it has been a lifesaver. I was soaking hay, but have now tested my last 2 deliveries which have been well within the safe sugar range. They are very quick, ship you out extra bags and prepaid envelopes free of charge, and have a lot of options regarding what to test for. The basic test costs $18 I believe, and that gives me protein and all sugar values, plus extra stuff.
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