People see horses grazing in the pasture and think what a beautiful sight it is, and it is — serene and pastoral. Pastoral – pasture…get it? But not all horses have pasture. The ones that don’t get fed hay — grass hay, grass/alfalfa mix or straight alfalfa. And in some cases, that is better. Early spring grass may be too rich for some horses, and late in the season, before the snow, the grass is depleted of much of its vitamins and minerals.
Hey — so what’s hay anyway? It isn’t straw. That’s for sure.
Hay is grass, legumes or other herbaceous plants that have been cut, dried and stored for use as animal fodder, particularly for grazing livestock such as cattle, horses, goats and sheep. Hay is also fed to pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs.