What to feed horses with laminitis?

laminitis

I’m after some advice please if anyone could help that would be fantastic. My mare came down with laminitis on Friday. She’s on box rest and she’s struggling with the soaked hay.

I was informed yesterday as she’s currently on meadow hay that if I get her Timothy hay this wouldn’t need soaked? I’ve also been told I can buy the bags of equilage haylage as long as it doesn’t have ryegrass in?

Again this is all new to me as it’s her first time coming down with lami.

Any advice would be grateful thanks 😊

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    Diane

    I would stick to soaked hay but make sure you rinse it well before feeding. Don't let it dry out in this hot weather so only soak a small amount at a time, but for at least 4-5 hours. I have no experience of feeding on the other types of grass/haylage.

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    Chloe

    I wouldn’t be feeding any haulage type stuff. It has all the sugars wrapped and held in to the bale.

    I would stick with the soaked hay, at this stage I wouldn’t risk trialling anything else.

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    Maisey

    It all depends on sugar levels. Not sure on them during the actual laminitis attack but those prone should be fed a diet of less than 10% sugar and starch then the hay won’t need soaking. Haylage is lower in sugar than the equivalent hay, if it’s rye avoid but meadow or timothy haylage should be ok, just check the sugar/starch levels before feeding and check with the vet before changing while yours in still in recovery. If you can get some oat straw horses are safe to eat it and it is lower in sugar and starch and will make your hay go a bit further without the additional sugar/starch.

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    Emily

    Not an immediate solution but get your hay tested for sugars. Dodson and horrell have various services. Mine is only fed with tested hay. Your mare will eat the soaked hay , persevere, it's horrible but got to be done.

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    Jane

    You should still soak your hay for around 6 hours then you can let it hang for upto 12 hours so it dries out as all the sugar is out then your horse should eat it as normal dried hay and that is the advice I was given by my vet.

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    Suzanne

    I have some small bale meadow dry style haylage, late cut and apparently not fertilised for years. Do you think this would be safer for a laminitic than the soaked (Very nice looking) hay that I have been using which I suspect is cut to feed to their cows. Like yours, mine coughs with hay even after soaking, it's too stalky for her.

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