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    Default Hay identification

    How can I find out what exactly is in my hay?
    I think there is something in it that my horse is allergic to.
    A type of grass or weed or something.
    Yes, I could just stop feeding the hay but I need to avoid buying more of the same thing.



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    When I had some weird stuff showing up in some hay, I found a guy at one of the state universities that was a weed expert, sent him photos, and he helped me out. You might start with your local extension office and see if they can help. Our local extension is pretty useless for such things as this county grows houses, not hay, but reaching out to the ag university worked for me.



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    if you don't know the grasses on sight you sort thru and take pics of each different one and match them from there

    Tamara


    Quote Originally Posted by Paddys Mom View Post
    How can I find out what exactly is in my hay?
    I think there is something in it that my horse is allergic to.
    A type of grass or weed or something.
    Yes, I could just stop feeding the hay but I need to avoid buying more of the same thing.
    Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
    I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.



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    How can I find out what exactly is in my hay?
    I think there is something in it that my horse is allergic to.
    A type of grass or weed or something.
    Yes, I could just stop feeding the hay but I need to avoid buying more of the same thing.
    The best way to find out what is in your hay is to have your hay broker explain it to you and show you the various grasses or legumes in a bale.

    As far as a horse being "allergic" to hay the problem is probably NOT the plant type, but probably some dust or mold in the hay. Guaranteed.

    Some hays are treated with propionic acid as a preservative. Hay is very sensitive to moisture content and can mold. My bet is your horse is highly sensitive to hay quality and requires hay that has been properly cured and baled.

    Try soaking the hay that creates a problem and see if the horse quits having issues. If the problem goes away, then it is not the plant in the hay but the harvesting methods.



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