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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Hayledge

Now I don't know much about hayledge especially the big bag stuff which when this one was opened smelled like raw sewage, also is very hot inside and has white mould, told its ok to use but glad I use hay. Please I want your thoughts on this as many other horse owners would be worried by this as well, told that the white mould is sugar mould and the horses love it, thoughts Laminitis if it is.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Hayledge

 like button :)

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equi

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equi says:

Re: Hayledge

 Im not jealous im just tired of him posting asking for advice then totally ignoring it and doing silly things that endager him.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Hayledge

I am left with a horse thats now belongs to me even if she was worked on me, and unfortunately I am one of these people who will not walk away from a problem, and by the way Sabrina has started to come to me for a cuddle just as Lara did, they respond to kindness as she had bad experiences cannot put down to breed as much also being a Mare. Why I asked that question about Hayledge was this lot wanted to make you heave did not smell like vinegar infact I asked if the sewage tank had been emptied it was that bad and evryone wanted to be sick. 

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Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Hayledge

Wow scary stuff on this thread! I love Kevin's posts. No one knows everything.

I have been riding 30 years but still consider myself a novice. I am a happy hacker with a horse that lives out and eats grass, hay, and fibre based nuts. I know NOTHING about hayledge, most hard feed types, dressage, showing, livery yards +++ many other topics. BUT I enjoy reading the comments and considering the opinions of others.

IMO there are no silly questions except those you dont ask. Most of my posts are a bit trite, and probably silly to many of you. That doesn't mean I don't need someone to ask though and I feel that this forum is a great base for that.  It's also nice to have somewhere to share not only worries but also little triumphs too.

Better to log on and find a topic that you think is a bit basic than no new threads at all. Bring on the chat!

 

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Bardybear

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Bardybear says:

Re: Hayledge

You have to remember that some of us have been on this forum for years and see the same questions over and over again, 'How to persuade my parents to let me buy a horse,' 'what kit will I need when my new horse comes?' etc.  God bless the people on here who have the patience to reply with information as if the question has never been asked before.  New people are coming on here all the time, and should expect to ask whatever they need to know, and receive a curteous reply.  Surely that's the least we can do?

"He is the lord of all horses and has been my friend through many dangers."

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

Re: Hayledge

 Hmm would be a bit odd about the smell. Our halyage usually smells like bananas, beer or is sometimes vinegary smelling. But white mould is normal, its when its blackish mould you should take it off. Got to say I love the big bales, especially on really cold days and the bale is warm in the middle! Ahh! 

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GingerBiage

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GingerBiage says:

Re: Hayledge

I feed haylage for all of ours due to my mare needing to have her hay soaked and find haylage easier to manage, and have only ever had a couple of bad bales and as soon as i opened them i knew they werent right. they were hot, slimy and smelly!!

 

We sometimes get white in the middle of the bale, but as with hay, if it smells ok its fine to feed. My supplier, who is abit of a character, says to feed it anyway as the horses will pick out the best but at £30 a bale i demanded, and got, a replacement. Never knew the white was sugar though, learn something new every day!

 

The bottom line is, as with hay, if in doubt dont feed it. I would rather pay for an extra bale of haylage than a vet bill for colic, coughs or anything else caused by feeding dodgy forage.

 

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fionamay

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fionamay says:

Re: Hayledge

I use small bale haylage (Horsehage and Silvermoor) as one of my horses is prone to colic.   They smell really sweet.   Some of the girls at my last yard used to use big bale stuff and the smells ranged from vinegary to cheesy.  the horses especially loved the cheesy one!

If it smells like sewage to the point it makes people boke, I would tend not to use it.   I also would not use the heated stuff from the middle.   White or creamy mould is OK in small quantities as it is usually just yeast growing on the sugars in the haylage.   Blue, green or black moulds might be harmful and should be avoided.

A reputable supplier should replace the bale if he/she is shown a sample.

Some of the nastier reponses to what sounded like an innocent question certainly would make me think twice before posting a query.   With horses, you cannot know too much, and forums like this one allow people to learn from the experiences of others before deciding what is best for them and their horse.  Yes, lots of people on here have maybe seen the question before, but new people are joining all the time.   Some tolerance, please?

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wagonsroll

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wagonsroll says:

Re: Hayledge

Goodness me Kevin I've been doing this for over 40 years and i only experimented with Haylage in the last 5 and wouldnt bother anymore, so i'd say stick to your hay, lower in sugar and higher in protein. Silage was used successfully as a feed for horses during the second world war and i read that the farmers were really woriied as silage wasn't thought to be a suitable feed, but obv it was ok and now loads of people feed it in the form of hayledge, which is just made with longer grass. I too didnt know that about the white mould so i too say you learn something new every day.

Rach I'm reporting your post as offensive, because i am truly offended that anyone thinks its alright on this forum to speak to another member in such a disrespectful manner.

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Hayledge

wagonsroll said:

 

Rach I'm reporting your post as offensive, because i am truly offended that anyone thinks its alright on this forum to speak to another member in such a disrespectful manner.


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I also think that we should be civil to one and other, jeeezzz it makes me want to not bother at all with this forum any more and I love to know how everyones getting on.  If you don't like someones post cant you just ignore it, why do people feel the need to throw insults at each other.  

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