Rainy hay issues for horses

A wet spring can mean delayed harvest for hay and that can spell trouble for livestock and horses.  For areas of the country where tall fescue is grown it is toxic when the seed heads are present.  Both a mare and her foal can be affected when the mare eats endophyte-infected fescue.

Aside from the toxicity issue – University of Minnesota Extension Horse Specialist Krishona Martinson says most horses don’t need to have the best hay.

HOOFBEAT PROGRAM – Rain affected hay (3:00 mp3)


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