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hello ma'am. may i know why most of the thoroughbred trainers provide timothy hay as a basic forage to their horses?

Hello Caine,

Timothy hay is a decent forage for any horse.  It is easily dried and preserved without a lot of mold or dust.  If timothy is cut in early maturity, it can provide adequate nutrient density.  Timothy is also quite easy to grow, being resilient in the face of challenging growing conditions.  These may be the reasons why trainers in your area choose to feed it to racehorses.  

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson


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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