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    Victoria

    My mare wonโ€™t touch it unless I throw some turmeric over it which sticks to it as itโ€™s wet ... she now eats it fine ๐Ÿ™„ I think it smells like her dinner use too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sue

    30 minutes minimum, 1 hour maximum. Although traditionalists stick with the 12 hour or overnight advice.

    Two reasons for the more recent advice, toxins begin to be absorbed during long soaking and nutrients removed. Much depends on the hay you start with, here in Spain the hay is generally of low quality so short soaking is sufficient.

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    Tina

    When the weather is warmer it goes sour far quicker than it would in winter so you need to take that into account. I used to soak so suit my schedule of visiting the horses so 7 hours then over night. Over summer when it was scorching hot i stopped soaking as it was going sour.

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    Fiona

    Everybody will say something different but for me anything over an hour is fine. Its more palatable with a shorter soak and i didn't see a great difference in the colour of the water with a long or shorter soak.

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    Danni

    Have you rinsed it down after you've taken it out of being soaked . The weather has changed and has been much warmer which means it will be fermenting in its own water which can make it smell funky.

    Have you tried steaming it . A lot more prefer steamed to soaked as it's not sat in dirty water for long periods . My vet said soaking hay makes no difference . Good job cos my pony will not entertain soaked hay at all , not even steamed !

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      Joan

      Steaming doesn't remove sugars, only soaking will do that. Then rinsing because its coated in sugar solution, and soaking does work, it's basic chemistry that sugar will transfer across a semi permeable barrier and level out to equal concentrations either side of that barrier.

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    Claire

    Minimum and maximum for me has always been 1 hour soaking only, then rinsing with clean water and draining. Leave it in tub covered up so it doesn't dry out afterwards, any longer and it cam turn rank, be careful also in hot weather.

    I only steam mine if weather is freezing cold I use a wheelie bin with a wallpaper stripper steamer thing fed into it. Works a treat to stop dust and spores but not to leach nutrients out of the hay. Best of luck

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