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RE: [RC] [RC] Midwest horse feeding and riding buddies - Susan E. Garlinghouse, D.V.M.


I was told by my vet that the digestion of long stemmed hay (grass, oat, etc and not legume/alfalfa) is what generates heat for the horses during the cold winter nights. My neighbor moved here last year, was feeding her horse alfalfa at night, grass hay in the morning.  I told her I thought that was not correct, she checked with her own vet & was told to switch to the grass hay at night for heat generation.




Nope.  That would be correct for cows and sheep---but not for horses.


Susan Garlinghouse, DVM, MS