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Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about horses.

How do forage quality and weight per bale factor into finding the best value for horse hay?
Quality is impacted by variety of forage, the maturity of the plant at time of harvest and the conditions at harvest. The assumption that alfalfa is better quality than grass and therefore justifies a higher price isn’t always the case. Moderate-quality alfalfa, 16 percent or less protein, actually may be a lower feed value than good-quality grass, 11 percent or more protein. The moderate-quality alfalfa is usually mature and lower in digestibility, whereas the higher-quality grass hay is more digestible and palatable to the horse.

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