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Re: [RC] Tasty Hay or Not, what makes the difference? - Renie Burnett

I have had this problem in the past, but with oat hay.  Bought some, looked all green, didn't have a lot of smell, lots of green oat heads on it; Looked good enough to eat.  My horses snuffled through it, nibbled off the heads of oats, and used the rest for bedding, and hollered to be fed. Well, we used to put our own oat hay up, and remembered that it was always cut at a "ripe" stage; that is, when there was sap in the grain heads.  After being baled, it had a gold and green color and tasted and smelled very sweet.  Horses ate every scrap.  So, my theory about the pretty, green hay is that it was like eating a pretty, green banana!!  Bitter, bitter, taste.  Renie