Is Straight Brome Hay Ok? - Good and Not Good Hays?

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  1. Dev

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    Hi. Since we got our horses in Feb. this year, we started feeding them with brome & clover hay (they are also being fed cracked oats w/molasses 2lbs ea. daily and ration balancer - FrontRunner 30, 1lb ea. daily). That supplier ran out and we found another that had brome, clover and johnson. That supplier also ran out. We now are feeding straight brome from yet another supplier (all are small farms that cut hay for horses).

    We are new with owning horses and know next to nothing about which hays are best. Is it ok to feed straight brome hay or are there others that would be better. Is it ok to fee hay and pasture grass? The grass is starting to come in but not yet plentiful but the rains have started here in Missouri the grass should thicken up quickly.

    Thanks in advance for your advise.
     






  2. BettyBootsy

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    Are you in the KC area? LOL I knew where you were from when you posted Yes brome hay is okay for horses. Many people in our area swear by it and feed nothing but. Don't feed Johnson to horses. Clovers okay but causes slobbers. I have hay out still but mine haven't been eating it the last week or so since the grass is up. I wouldn't feed molasses either and honestly with pasture your RB should be enough without oats unless there under weight. Mine get 1lb or RB and 1 cup of ground flaxseed in winter I can add beet pulp and take it away safely for extra lbs or fluids ect.
     
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    I'm in Bolivar. Well to tell you the truth, I think this hay that is suppose to be straight brome has something else in it as there are a lot of long stems that the horse don't eat and that I have been pulling out since they don't see to like it. I think I was charged for brome ($4 a square bale) and got a few bales with something else in it...possibly johnson, does it have long looking reeds? I can take a picture later and show everyone. It is becoming hard to find hay and I really hate changing around to different sources like this.

    My horses seems to prefer the hay to the green grass that is up as they come running as soon as I put it out (approx. 3-4 wedges for 2 horses) and don't leave it until it is finished. They act like they are starving although they get grain/vitaimins, hay three times a day and some pasture grass - filling in but still short.

    Both horses were rescue and have put on weight since we got them but I am not sure they are yet at the weight they should be. I will try to post recent pictures sometime this week.

    I have heard that horses eating lush spring green grass can cause lamentitis (sp?). I worry about this and hope I am feeding them right.
     
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    Your okay don't worry! Johnson grass can be toxic certain times of the year to horses but generally a horse won't eat toxic plants generally...lol.. Beet Pulp would be better then Molasses. Molasses is high in sugar it's like feeding your kids soda and candy bars really no nutritional value. Alfalfa pellets or beet pulp would be better. Cheaper wise I think alfalfa pellets are. Beet pulp I pay 12.80 a bag for and alfalfa pellets 7 a bag. BUT then you got to watch your protien levels with the RB. Anyway brome is good hay. You also have a good local orchard/alfalfa mix hay thats even better IMO. 60/40 mix is perfect. I will look for some brome for ya and PM ya if I find some. DO you get the Big Nickel? Best place to look for hay in your area.
     
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    Supposed Brome Hay

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    Stalks or Reeds that I have found within the square bales. The horses won't eat them so far.

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    Found so many of these stalks/reeds I have began to make a stalk path!​

    Thanks BettyBootsy. The molasses is on the steamed cracked oats and must be of a small amount as I cannot feel it on the oats but I can slightly smell it when I open the bin to get some out.

    Yes, if you know of a source for brome nearby (not over 25-30 minutes away from Bolivar) I would appreciate you letting me know but please don't go to any trouble, this is just if you happen to know of anyone. I will pick up the Big Nickle if I find it here. The sources I have found so far have all be from Craig's List. The first was 4 miles north of Springfield, the second was north east of Buffalo and the current is right here in Bolivar but I don't really like the quality of this hay...it just doesn't seem right with all the stalks but the horses seem to love it.
     
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    Blaze - QH 2 years old - April 09

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    Diamond - appendix bred 11 mths old - April 09

    April 09 pictures of my horses. Both have really filled out since I got them in Feb. 09.

    Do they look a good weight or need more? Since they have shed out a lot of their fur I have noticed a hint of ribs showing a certain way they stand but don't know if that is normal or if they are still underweight.
     
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