Re: Hay Analysis Question
First of all, good for you for testing your hay!! Yes, that's correct, ESC + Starch is what we are looking for. That looks like nice hay. In addition to the low ESC + starch, the ADF and NDF are good. The iron is a tad high, but easily balanced. I'd actually be so happy if I could get hay with that iron level! This message from Jaini will help you to get a general idea about how to assess hay: https://ecir.groups.io/g/main/message/217649
I also looked at your CH on Finnur and see that he is "fat" and getting free choice hay. He sure is cute, but I agree he is too fat. We recommend that you feed 2% of his ideal weight of 1.5% of his current weight (whichever is more) to help reduce weight. Are you using slow feeder bags? I also see that he is getting Barn Bag Hay Balancer. Nice that they list the ingredients in an easily understandable format--second column in this link for 1/2 cup: https://www.lifedatalabs.com/bb-ingredients-and-guaranteed-analysis Unfortunately, this won't come any where near to balancing your hay and at 10.8% fat, it's way too high in fat for an IR horse! Now that you have your hay analysis, reach out to someone on the balancing list for help getting it balanced: https://ecir.groups.io/g/main/files/6%20Diet%20Balancing/3.%20Getting%20Help%20with%20Mineral%20Balancing.pdf
I also see in your CH that Finnur has sweet itch. My Chancey also had horrible sweet itch before I found this group. Once I got him on a low sugar starch mineral balanced diet the sweet itch went away. Prior to that, I also had good results with a product called Calm Coat: https://www.nrsworld.com/calm-coat/calm-coat-topical-spray-32oz-140746?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItYC1yunL3QIVj1uGCh09UgSsEAQYAiABEgK4D_D_BwE I sprayed his belly (this was his worst area) first with Bactine and then applied the Calm Coat--twice a day, never miss a dose, and this routine really helped to keep things under control. With a little math you can make your own formula for a lots less $$. View the ingredients list here: https://www.sstack.com/product/calm-coat-topical-spray-21624c/
Hope that helps!
Maggie, Chancey and Spiral in VA
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