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QUESTION: hello ma'am, can i feed cut out para grass to my ex-racehorse(thoroughbred)?

ANSWER: Hi Rohit,

Thank you for your question.  You can indeed feed para grass to horses.  The grass has moderate nutrient quality and in the wet season has reasonable digestibility.  You may find it to be less digestible in drier growing conditions but you can overcome that by supplementing with other digestible fiber sources.

Thanks, Corlena

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QUESTION: thanks for your answer. as para grass is grown in water, can i wet the para grass in dry whether and feed to my horses? ma'am, another doubt, can i dry para grass and feed it as hay to my horse?

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Hi Rohit,

Thank you for your question.  Para grass does like to grow in wet ground and does really well in that kind of environment, and you can cut it and dry it into hay.  However, if you have made it into hay, you may want to be careful with wetting it to feed out.  You can wet the hay down prior to feeding and it will cut down on dust and make the stalks more pliable...but once dry hay is wet down it should be fed and consumed right away otherwise it can mold especially if you're in a very hot climate.

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson

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I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.

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Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

Organizations
The American Society of Equine Appraisers

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'Stable Management' Handbook, Equine Canada.

Education/Credentials
M.Sc (Equine Science-current), B.Sc(Agr) Animal Science, Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Farrier Certification, Equine Consultant Certification, Certified Equine Appraiser, Certified in Emergency Equine Rescue.

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