Haylage Versus Hay – The Pros and Cons

Haylage Pros

Due to our manufacturing process, grass used for haylage tends to be younger and this makes it more digestible for horses and they often do better because it provides a higher level of fibre, energy and protein.

Horses generally find haylage much tastier as they can’t resist its sweet smell.  This in return encourages them to eat more than they would consume hay and makes it a great feed source for fussy eaters and for horses that require higher energy levels – that said, we do have lower energy haylage for the horses that do less work.

Haylage has a reputation for being more expensive, but generally, horses will eat all their haylage versus wasting hay.

Whilst feeding high energy haylage, most horse owners will naturally cut down on concentrated food as the energy levels are sufficient in haylage.


Hay Cons

Hay contains some dust and mould spores. This combined with lower moisture content means these can be airborne and are a risk to horses that are stabled frequently.

The answer to this is to soak your hay but this causes a reduction in quality.

We often need to supplement hay with more concentrated feed than we do if we feed haylage, because hay does not contain as much mineral requirements as haylage.

If you are considering moving onto Haylage, please do this gradually the way you would with introducing any new feed, by mixing a little with your hay daily for at least one week to assist with the change in your horses gut.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and we will be more than happy to assist.

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