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Re: [RC] orange/red/yellow urine? - Mike & Kathy Kelly

When I first got my horse he was being fed alfalfa and I remember the orange/red spots from his pee.  But now I have 3 horses, fed grass hay, and their pee spots in the snow are yellow.  Yes, its cold, its been below freezing for several days and near 0 at night.  So what exactly in the pee causes the discoloration?  Does it have to do with iron?  My grass hay is quite high in iron.  I'm confused.
>What kind of hay are you feeding? BTW...it's caused by oxidation.  If it very ... very cold, it may be red, almost light bloodish color.  Some horse's urine is more reactive than others. If your really concerned watch your horse's urinate, if it comes out red...then there is a problem, but if it's a normal yellow color, than everything is okay. Cya, Raven (who has reddish spots all over the paddock) LOL LOL

Re: [RC] orange/red/yellow urine?, DarkHorseGoddess