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hello ma'am. which is the best hay for  thoroughbred horses in the world? it should be more fibrous and has long stem so that horses which chew them for longer time.

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Hello Caine,

Thank you for your question, although it is a bit of a vague one.  There is no one hay type that is perfect for Thoroughbreds, or for any other breed or type of horse for that matter.  The best forage for any horse depends on that horse's requirements.  For high performance horses who need nutrient dense diets, you want to look for forages that are nutrient dense (more energy and protein, less undigestible fibre).  For inactive horses who tend to get fat very quickly, you want to look for forages with moderate nutrient levels and more fibre.

If you are asking which forage is best suited for racehorses in training, I would recommend choosing something with higher energy and protein levels, and lower fiber levels.  The better the forage, the less concentrate you need to feed to complete the horse's nutrient requirements.

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

Publications
'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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