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  • Writer's pictureBob Burdekin, AES, CHHP

Expert Tips for Managing Hay for Stalled Horses

As a horse owner, providing the right nutrition to your horse is essential to their health and well-being. One of the primary sources of nutrition for horses is hay, but proper hay management is often overlooked. In this blog post, we'll discuss the best hay management practices for stalled horses to ensure they receive the proper nutrition they need.

Hay Quality and Selection:

The quality of the hay you provide to your horse is essential to their health. Poor-quality hay can lead to health issues and can also be a waste of money. When selecting hay for your horse, choose hay that is clean, fresh, and free from dust, mold, and other contaminants. You should also choose hay that is appropriate for your horse's age, weight, and activity level.

Hay Storage for Stalled Horses:

Proper hay storage is crucial to ensure the hay remains fresh and free from mold and dust. You should store hay in a dry, well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. It's also essential to stack the hay correctly to prevent spoilage and hay wastage.

Feeding Hay to Stalled Horses:

Feeding hay to stalled horses should be done in small, frequent feedings throughout the day. This helps to prevent digestive issues and reduces the risk of colic. You should also make sure that the hay is clean and free from any contaminants, such as dust or mold.

Reducing Hay Waste in Stalls:

Hay wastage can be a significant expense for horse owners, and it's essential to reduce it as much as possible. Using slow-feed hay nets or hay racks can help to slow down hay consumption and reduce wastage. It's also essential to clean up any spilled hay and avoid overfeeding.

Monitoring Hay Intake:

Monitoring your horse's hay intake is essential to ensure they are receiving the appropriate nutrition. You should monitor how much hay they consume daily and adjust their feeding as necessary. This is especially important for horses that are overweight or have health issues.

Hay Management for Horses with Health Issues:

If your horse has respiratory issues or other health issues, hay management becomes even more critical. You may need to soak the hay before feeding it to your horse or use hay alternatives such as hay cubes or pellets. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best hay management practices for your horse.


Hay management is crucial to ensuring the health and well-being of stalled horses. By selecting high-quality hay, properly storing it, reducing wastage, and monitoring hay intake, you can help ensure your horse receives the proper nutrition they need. By following these hay management practices, you can keep your horse healthy and happy for years to come.

So, Until Next Time .... "Ride for the Brand ...."

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