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alfieblaze

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alfieblaze says:

LAMINITIS LINKED TO FEEDING HAYLAGE?

My 7 year old cob is recovering from an attack of laminitis which I believe was brought on by feeding haylage instead of hay. He had been on haylage for approx 2 months as he was coughing on hay.The day before his attack we had given him extra haylage as it was at the last date to use the bale- although he also had access to grass, the field is not particularly lush. He is on the slim side for his breed and had previously had no health problems. Has anybody else had problems with feeding haylage?

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3MoodyMaresMum

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LAMINITIS LINKED TO FEEDING HAYLAGE?

Sadly it can be the straw that broke the camals back - laminitis can be triggered by so many different things and not just feed related, and not necessarily a horse/pony that is overweight.  My ZZ has RAO and used to feed her haylage as she did not like soaked hay, she did begin piling on the pounds so I had to stop feeding it. Since she had her laminitis she now only has soaked hay.

Some say haylage is OK for horses prone to or who have laminitis, personally I don't think so.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: LAMINITIS LINKED TO FEEDING HAYLAGE?

I think it partly depends on the haylage - by the sound of it with a use by date you're using the small commercially available bales which are quite wet and very rich, so yes it may well have contributed to the laminitis.

We have part of our field cut for haylage every year, and it has to be haylage and wrapped as we have nowhere to store hay, and my old girl gets respiratory problems with hay like your boy, but it's left to dry as long as hay before it's baled and wrapped so in fact is quite dry and hay like when used.

You can soak it, just like you would hay, so that may help - hope your boy recovers soon :o)

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wundahoss

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wundahoss says:

Re: LAMINITIS LINKED TO FEEDING HAYLAGE?

Yes, haylage is linked to laminitis, as it's usually richer, more starchy. Not a great choice for horses IMO.

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