13 December 2019 News

What are the features of a quality hay?

However a horse diet is structured, hay will always be included on its daily feed. Hay its generally meant to be multi species hay, produced from wild spontaneous grasses growing in a specific environment. Consequentially hay is different according to geographical areas, altitude and seasons in which it is produced.

Anyway hay consumption has a common positive effect for the horse, even if its differences change its quality and nutritional power. Hay is fiber rich which, supports the development of intestinal bacterial flora, essential for intestinal and general horse’s  health. An healthy bacterial flora guarantee the various foods to be digested correctly and to assimilated properly their nutrients. Furthermore, hay consumption stimulate  chewing and salivation, key steps for a good digestion. Hay quality strongly impact on horses health, so hay can be a fundamental source of nutrients or health threat. For this reason it is important to know the features of a quality hay.

What are the features of a quality hay?

  1. Mold and dust free
  2. Young, less than a year old
  3. Quality guaranty and cleaned
  4. Bright color from golden yellow to dull green
  5. Pleasant aroma
  6. Dry, it must not be damp
  7. Cold, heat could indicate fermentation
  8. Crispy but not fragile

By the way a quick evaluation of these characteristics is not enough to identify quality hay, but more laboratory analyzes are necessary. Evaluation errors can be very dangerous, because an extended consumption of poor hay can threats horses’ respiratory tract leading to diseases such as allergies, asthma and heaves.

Since it is more and more difficult to detect all the features of a quality and nourishing hay, the simplest solution is to rely on complete feeds which, in addition to hay, also contain other precious ingredients for a balanced and nutriments-rich diet suitable to the specific feeding needs of each different horse.

When choosing a complete feed focus on finding  a transparent producers who select quality hays and who commit themselves to assure a constant nutritional value all year long. Wafer Fioc is the quality solution that combines quality hay and quality cereal flakes in a complete meal providing their precious nutrients. It can be adapt to every different feeding habits and needs and it can also be integrated with a certain hay quantity according its producing season and its nutritional features.

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