Feed your horse the best by understanding the nutrients in your hay.
Hay is the main source of forage for many horses, and knowing what nutrients it offers allows horse owners and caretakers a better understanding of what else needs to be provided in the diet for optimal nutritional health. A detailed analysis can be done for all our hay and provides valuable information about digestibility and calorie content, protein levels, mineral concentrations as well as the content of sugars and starches. If you purchase hay to last more than a couple of months at a time a hay analysis can be helpful to know more precisely what you are feeding. An analysis can be especially useful for horses with health issues and is commonly recommended in such cases to make sure the diet is well balanced for disease management.
Whether it is for peace of mind or general interest, a hay analysis is a good snapshot of the nutrient content for this important dietary staple.