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® When it comes to pasture and hay quality, how to care for a senior horse, body condition scoring or feeding rates, there are many discussions to be had. In my time crossing the farm gate or hosting a producer meeting, I have seen an increase in new horse owners who want to provide the best care they can to their animal. With so many feed and supplement options on the market, the information can be overwhelming. However, this article is not about products, but to help educate those looking for answers. affect a horse? Pasture grasses produce sugars which are used to fuel growth. When temperatures become to cold for grasses to grow, the sugars are then stored for later use. The ingestion of these stored sugars may lead to laminitis or digestive issues in some horses. Overweight horses or those sensitive to sugars are most at risk. Though there is no science to prove it, we often see cooler weather and changes in barometric pressure lead to less water consumption. This, plus an increase in hay feed to help with warmth, can lead to impaction colic. Keeping water temps above 45 degrees, plus access to loose salt will help with water consumption. Watering down bran to make a mash is a choice of some, but research has shown it is the increased water that helps, while the bran may just cause digestive upset. Going into fall, we are all aware pasture quality decreases. So how does this Transitioning horses from pasture to hay should be a slow process. Good quality Brandi Salestrom CVA Feed Sales Manager hay means a hay of any variety that is clean, has a high steam to leaf ratio, small diameter stem, few seed heads or blooms, and has a fresh smell and look. Maturity of a plant at harvest time will reflect quality more than any other factor. Younger plants will have a higher protein, energy, and mineral content than those mature plants with thicker stems. In addition, more mature plants contain more indigestible fiber, thus reducing nutrient availability. If this is the case of your hay, an addition of a higher quality feed may be necessary to meet your horse’s daily requirement. I encourage producers to have their hay tested. This can easily be done by calling your CVA feed specialist to send a sample off to the lab for analysis. Stop by, call, or email your local CVA feed specialist for any questions on equine nutrition. To read the full article or learn more about CVA, visit cvacoop. Paid Advertisement com.