Hay Testing Info - How To Test Your Hay
We have had customers that have purchased a barn full of hay and have sore horses in a week! Too much sugar or too much protein for their animals' needs.
As for most horses, hay is about 97% to 100% of your grazing animals' diet, so we need to get it right.
Slow feeders are only as good as the hay type matching the horses' needs - rich hay is still rich hay in a slow feeder. Yes, it will make intake somewhat slower ( which is excellent), but the overall goal is to have hays available for your animal 24 hours a day, without the fears of laminitis and obesity.
Check and ask your suppliers - do you have a hay test? If not its a usually under 45 dollars to have done and a great piece of mind. You then can balance your horse's complete ratio after you have this.
See below hay sites and ways to sample your hay. You do not need a core sample to get a hay test done. Use a coat hanger and push into at least nine different bales for a small center sample, place into a large ziplock, label, and you're ready to mail! Simple!
See links for Information about hay testing, feeding and hay types for all equines.
Companies That Test Hay
B6, 3911 Brandon St SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4A7
(403) 452-7355Email: email@example.com
1356 Sumas Way,
Abbotsford, BC V2S 8H2
1-503 Imperial Road North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6T9
A&L Canada Laboratories, Inc.
2136 Jetstream Road
London, Ontario N5V 3P5
Central Testing Laboratory Ltd.
9-851 Lagimodiere Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R2J 3K4
1730 Wellington South
Lennoxville, Quebec J1M 1K9
730 Warren Road,
Ithaca, New York 14850 USA