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        Julia

        Ive had many tell me that 1 hour is plenty and it works for us, infact I can get away with less however its our own late cut hay and its not been tested if it was hay bought in I would soak the full hour.

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    Tina

    1 hour leaches out the sugars.
    Vets do tend to say 12 hours. but that gets rid of everything and turns to smelly much. which can ferment and cause bacteria, and also causes the 'runs'...l do 1-2 hrs depending on time and routine.

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    Sarah

    Depends whether for dust or sugars! Longer for sugars I usually soak all day or over night. But in this heat do chuck a bucket of clean water over to rinse after draining.

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    Jessica

    My vet said 12 hours but i think it depends on the quality of your hay to start with. I find managing my mare's weight better when i buy poor quality hay. I mean from an unfertilized field, rather than just old dusty hay. I soak for 2-3 hours.

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    Claire

    One hour in cold water or a half hr in hot or warm, then drained and rinsed thru with clean water to remove the brown water full of mank and sugar! If you leave it much longer it starts to ferment and turn nasty, not liked much by horses and generally wasted.

    Both my horses have always loved their hour-soaked hay but make sure you don't let them drink the brown water, can be very rank and poisoness x I do an hour whether for dust or for leaching sugars

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    Leah

    I've been soaking for 1 hour (and allowing a little muzzled turnout) and my mares crest is going back up :( ive been advised to soak for much longer (and further restrict turnout) but i'm worried about it going manky in the heat. Cant seem to win at the mo.

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    Carol

    It's really easy to get your hay analysed for sugar. Dodson and horrel do a service for £11.50. Ours came back at 7% sugar as fed so no need to soak 😀

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    Georgina

    Do what is best for you and your horse. If you soak for a short amount of time , but your horse still puts on weight, then increase the soak time, but supplement your horse's feed.
    I have been soaking my hay for between 7 to 14 hours for the last 8 years and never had a problem with the hay going mushy or manky or stinky.

    Horse has always ate it and never had digestive problems. I do supplement his feed for those minerals etc that get leeched out of the hay. Have only soaked for a smaller amount of time during winter when had problems with nets and/or water freezing, so I take a container of hot water with me and then soak until the water is getting cold.

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    Emma

    I have read that 1hr is sufficient after doing research, but vets still say longer ... my vet did say no more than 12 hrs as its starts to ferment! I think the way forward in the hot weather is to get my hay tested ! Next year I also make sure that my boy where’s his muzzle ... them I hopefully won’t have all this extra stress! 😬xx

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    Amanda

    Every one a lot of vets are not up to date with a lot of the advice that is given in Co, Durham alone this week vets told client to starve her cob which has laminitis yes vets need to tell you what is wrong but please remember that a vet more than likely has not looked after a lami equine so really every one needs to look and research a little bit.

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