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    Default Regional differences in coat condition - is it the hay quality????

    Hi all,

    I'm hoping COTHers can help shed some light on a burning question I've had. I aquired my last horse in southern NM, which is high desert. This horse ate Colorado Grass Hay and NM alfalfa hay plus Strategy grain. Her dark bay coat looked like a seal - she looked wet and shiny all the time...you could put make-up on in the reflection of her coat. I moved her to western PA, where she was on grass for the first time and home-grown hay plus Strategy. Her coat lost it's luster despite my feeding her alfalfa pelets, etc. She then moved to eastern Texas and was on quality coastal and grass hay and clay-based grazing grass plus excellent quality grain. Her coat was still not so shiny. She moved back to West TX and went back on Colorado grass hay and alfalfa (little grass in pastures) and her coat looks like a wet seal again.

    Is it the hay or the climate?
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    I'd be more curious as to whether it was regional parasites, more so than the hay or climate.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren12 View Post
    I'd be more curious as to whether it was regional parasites, more so than the hay or climate.
    Hmmmmm, she was on a rotational worming program in all places. Interesting thought, though....
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