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About a month ago, I got an email. Somehow, someone with the Standlee Hay Company had stumbled across my blog and wanted to know if I would review their products? They would give me a gift card; I would use their products for a month and then write a review.

So. Here we are. 😀

Our learning curve has been pretty steep these last 7 months. One thing I have done a great deal of reading about is nutrition.

Here are some noteable tidbits of information:

*It takes about 72 hours for a horse to digest food.

*They don’t necessarily eat a lot, but grazing is critical, and they need to have adequate access to hay or grass. {I could write an entire post on just nutrition and eating, because some horses are ‘hard keepers’ and others gain weight just by looking at grass- the statements I’m making are pretty general; your situation may be different.}

*Horses are prone to colic Colic is not a laughing matter. It’s actually one of the leading causes of death in horses. And, one of the leading causes of colic relates to feeding.

You can see where I’m going with this….. it’s never good to change up feed and do a lot of changing back and forth. It’s my understanding that different feeds need to be introduced slowly, while you {the owner} watches for changes.

By nature, horses forage and graze. That’s one of the reasons why we give them hay in then winter. 😆 It helps things inside keep moving on through, and when it’s cold, they need to eat the hay to help them stay warm.

But I digress. 😆

Before I accepted the offer, I went to the Standlee Hay website and poked around. I thought the FAQs were very helpful. I was especially pleased to see that their alfalfa was GMO free. 😀 One of the best part of the website, though, in addition to the product listing page was the nutrition information on each product.

Because not all products were available at my local Tractor Supply, I walked around the store with the website open and checked out the info on each item in the store before I took anything home. With the options I had locally, it seemed the best bet would be to try the Alfalfa/Oats cubes,standleehayalfalfaoatcubes keeping in mind that alfalfa is not a natural forage food here.

After close to a month, we’ve got one horse who loves them, and goes around checking to see if any is left in other bowls. One horse won’t touch them. The others are relatively indifferent. Because they have several acres of pasture, they don’t really need the forage stuffs. In many ways, I wish it was winter to give this a trial, but we are on a limited time basis for the product review.

One other product we actually had used a bit of was the shredded beet pulp. If you’ve read A Horsey Tale, you no doubt remember our emaciated champion Quarter Horse who had just foaled and was also nursing a 2-year-old filly. Because the horses had been abandoned and no food was regularly available, the filly had no real reason to wean. And so, our poor Halo was well on her way to being dead in the *very* near future. She needed at least 500 lbs…..

One of our vets had recommended soaking and feeding the beet pulp to help bulk her up. We did that for a while until she got to the point where she refused to eat anything that had beet pulp in it. To be fair, out of the several other different foods we we tried to feed her, there was only a single one that she would eat, and she’d flat-out refuse any kind of mixture.

I think if you need forage foods, Standlee Hay has a good variety. They also offer some compressed bales, which we don’t need. You may be limited, however, to whatever you can find locally. The item I really wanted to try, Natural Whole Oats, was not available here, so that was a disappointment.

Have you used any Standlee Hay products? Leave a comment and share your experience! 😀

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