Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by slc, May 13, 2017.
I need to choose a lab, so wondering who you use, if your extension office offers the service, etc.
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.
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
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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