Image:Horse-hay-feature.jpgLearn more about selecting quality hay for horses with this new learning lesson.



Horses eating hay

Good quality hay can provide ample nutrients to meet the needs of most horses. There is no right or wrong hay to feed your horse. As a horse owner, you must evaluate your individual horse’s needs and determine the type of hay and feeding strategies that fit your feeding program. This module is designed to give you the knowledge to make these decisions.


Learning Objectives

Objectives of this lesson includes:

  1. Demonstrate the importance of forages (hay) in horse nutrition and health
  2. Introduce horse owners to basics of horse hay, including definitions, feeding and uses, forage types, analysis, and marketing
  3. Provide hay feeding examples for different classes of horses
  4. Outline common issues horse owner may experience when feeding hay, including mold, poisonous plants, and excessive nutrition


This course is displayed using the online course tool known as Moodle. You will need to create an account and register with Moodle to view and participate in this and other equine courses offered by eXtension.

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