Soaking hay in water prior to feeding it to horses can control dust and pollen exposure, limit non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and remove--for good or bad--protein and minerals.
Recent research shows soaking hay before feeding it to horses can help manage many important equine health conditions, including:
- Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, heaves);
- Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (equine Cushing’s);
- Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS);
- Insulin resistance (IR);
- Laminitis (founder);
- Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM);
- Obesity; and
- Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis.
Learn about the potential benefits of soaking your horse's hay, methods for soaking, and what to do with the remaining liquid (hint: don't use it to water plants) in this information packed fact sheet.
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- Equine Supplements and Nutritional Requirements (AAEP 2011)