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Old 10-07-2007, 10:47 AM  
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Tell me about Bluestem hay....

It's very plentiful around here, and not expensive. Most of the pastures are native grasses. Does anyone know anything about feeding the hay? It looks really stemmy, so I don't know how it would be for horses. Any and all input would be great. I have always preferred Bermuda and alfalfa, but if anyone has anything to say about the bluestem I'd like to know! Thanks!
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Nothing wrong with it as a basic grass hay. It's not going to shine them up or put extra energy into them like alfalfa would. What we feed around here is similar and our horses have always done just fine on it. I don't have any real hard keepers though.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:41 PM  
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Okay thanks! I was wondering how it would be free choice as a round bale supplemented with alfalfa. We have some that don't need to eat alfalfa and I can get some really nice bluestem/bermuda mix that I can get for a really good price. I didn't really think they would over eat, they are used to round bales, but wanted to make sure no one had any horror stories about it!

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Old 10-11-2007, 06:21 AM  
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We are feeding blue stemed prairie grass from Kansas. It is very similar to our orchard grass her in Tennessee. I checked with 3 local vets before I bought it and all 3 of them said it was excellent horse hay. All of my horses are doing fine on it (but I never feed anything like Alfalfa). I havn't been able to feed it free choice, because the eat it way too fast (5 horses went thru a 700 lb bale in 4 days). All 3 vets said there were no problems associated with it that they know of.
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