Generally speaking you should feed at least the same quantity of HorseHage by weight as you would hay, and as part of a balanced diet.
HorseHage is baled the same size as a normal bale of hay. It is then highly compressed down in to an easy to handle bag, meaning it still splits into wedges for ease of use. On average it will provide the forage requirements of a 500kg horse for 3 days.
Yes! HorseHage is a perfect option for any horse or pony with a respiratory problem as it is dust free! All horses and ponies, even those without a respiratory problem will benefit from being fed HorseHage rather than hay, due to its nutrient content and dust-free nature. It has been shown that an environment with dust and mould present is harmful to horses and humans, so it is better to prevent respiratory problems in the first instance.
There is no need to soak HorseHage as it is dust free and has a known nutrient content. Generally hay is soaked to remove dust and to reduce its nutritional value (often the nutrient content of hay is unknown and sugar and protein levels can vary a lot). The particular fermentation process involved in making HorseHage reduces the amount of naturally occurring sugars in the grass therefore meaning it is considerably lower in sugar than hay and thus means that HorseHage does not need to be soaked.
Unopened, a bale of HorseHage will last for up to 18 months. An open bale should be used within 5-7 days.
HorseHage High Fibre and Timothy are suitable for horses with laminitis or cushings as they have a lower energy and protein level. The particular fermentation process involved in making HorseHage reduces the amount of naturally occurring sugars in the grass therefore meaning it is considerably lower in sugar than other forages.
Older horses have an increased requirement for quality nutrition, primarily from forage rather than concentrate so yes HorseHage is ideal for veterans. It will provide the energy they need to maintain or increase condition, is dust free, quality guaranteed, and is very palatable encouraging them to eat. The variety of HorseHage you choose for your veteran will depend on their overall body condition.
HorseHage Alfalfa is made from the Alfalfa plant which is a legume. It is a member of the pea-family and is also known as Lucerne. It is a deep-rooting plant, with nitrogen-fixing nodules on its roots, so when established needs no nitrogen fertilisers to be applied to the crop . As it is a perennial plant, once it is established in a field it can be cropped for 3-4 years and has the advantage of being drought resistant.