Re: Triple Crown Low Starch
5 Pine Ranch
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From: judy abernathy
Not sure how the metabolism of domesticated horses differs if any from wild horses but cold wet hay sounds like more work to utilize than dry food.
It's a great way to get some extra water into your horse. It's a BEST way to give your horse "heat" in the winter, wet or not. The fermentation of fiber in the hind gut of the horse creates heat...the more fiberous feed they can have, the warmer they are. Dips in temperature generally require increases in feed - best for your budget and for the horse is soaked hay, best for your labour might not be <grin>
Here in the frozen north <Canada> I can and do soak hay in the winter.