Grass for hay or silage
Hay or haylage is an important part of your horse’s rations. At least 60% of its ration must consist of roughage. The rations of horses with low energy needs may even consist entirely of roughage. Horse Master Hay was developed specially for the production of hay and silage. It consists of grasses that are suitable for horses while simultaneously ensuring high grass yields.
Horse Master Hay is only suitable for hay fields. Horse Master Hay pastures cannot be used for grazing.
The healthiest grass for your horse
Horse Master Hay yields hay with an excellent effective fibre content and a good feed value. The grasses contained in Horse Master Hay were specifically selected for use by horses. Varieties with a low fructan content were specially developed for this mixture. A low fructan content in roughage is important for preventing health problems such as laminitis.
Horses must chew their roughage well to ensure optimum performance of their stomach and intestines. That’s why Horse Master Hay consists of grass species with a high effective fibre content, such as cocksfoot and tall fescue. The grass species timothy contained in the seed mixture makes the grass extra palatable. Horse Master Hay yields the healthiest, most palatable roughage for horses.
Tremendously high hay yields
A Horse Master Hay pasture will yield on average between 10 and 12 tonnes of hay per hectare. Much higher yields have actually been observed in practice. The mixture is specially composed to ensure that it will produce well on many different types of soil. Even in dry areas the pastures will produce large amounts of grass - up to 30% more than standard cattle grass. A well-managed Horse Master Hay pasture may last for more than five years.
Horse Master Hay versus natural hay
Natural hay tends to be regarded as healthy. However, this is not the case in practice. Natural hay comes from unfertilised land. Grass that is not fertilised has an unbalanced composition. The addition of nitrogen (N) causes grass plants to produce protein. If grass is given insufficient nitrogen for the production of protein it will form fructan, resulting in hay with a high fructan content that is unsuitable for use as horse fodder. Natural hay also involves the risk of it containing poisonous weeds such as ragwort.
Horse Master Hay pastures contain a constant range of grasses that yield predictable results under the right management, securing the quality of your horse’s roughage. This is very uncertain in the case of natural hay.