Hay IS for Horses

by Troy Green | May 9th, 2011 2:06 PM | No Comments

Q. What type of feeding program do you use with your horses that are showing all the time? Or what do you suggest?

Thank you,

A. Heidi, in answer to your question about feed, the most important part of a successful feeding program is to have good hay. If you have a good alfalfa or alfalfa mix, in the long run you can actually save money on your grain bill, because with good hay, you can feed less grain. With high quality hay, it’s also easier to get a good bloom, or healthy, shiny, hair coat on your horses. Our horses get a couple flakes of hay 3 times a day. If there is a horse that could use a little extra weight, we’ll make sure it always has hay in front of him. Sometimes we will hang a hay bag with a bale of hay so the horse always has access to hay and doesn’t make a mess of his stall. This is OK to do as long as it’s not a straight alfalfa that’s too rich. My horses are on a special horse mix that our farm had formulated by the grain company but it has a similar composition to many performance pelleted feeds. The horses generally get a standard size grain scoop twice daily.  We add supplements if necessary based on individual needs. What I most often supplement into the feeding program is something for joint health and hair coat although as I said, a healthy haircoat is a result of good feed and good care.



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Troy Green is a firm believer in the importance of a good foundation for every horse with balance, rhythm, and self-carriage being key. A good foundation equals longevity in the show pen. Troy has won over two dozen All American Quarter Horse Congress Championships in western pleasure, versatility, reining, halter and western riding, and has coached clients to over 50 Congress championships. Troy has three AQHA World Championships and two National Championships under his belt, and has won at all major futurities. He spent three years on the national board of the NSBA.

Troy Green has an extensive background working with youth and amateurs at all levels and of various disciplines. He specializes in pleasure futurity and all around horses.

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