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Timothy Hay

“You can’t put regular gas into a Ferrari. Apply that theory to your horses. With premium hay you will enhance your horse’s performance. Ask any top race horse trainer in the country what their hay of choice is; “Timothy” is the answer.

Timothy - Grass was unintentionally introduced to North America by early settlers in 1711 by John Herd and he named the Grass "herd grass". In 1720 a farmer named Timothy Hanson began to cultivate this hay and it has been known by its present name since then. Timothy has now become naturalized throughout most of the US and Canada.

How to recognize Timothy hay
Timothy hay is a wide bladed bright green coarse hay with long seed heads measuring one to three inches on the first cutting. The second cutting is softer and darker with smaller heads.

The Cuttings
There are two cuttings of Timothy grass. The first cutting is coarser, lower in protein and offers more chewing time. First cutting Timothy is usually used for race horses and export to the Pacific Rim. The second cutting is brighter in color, softer and much preferred by the retail client due to its color and texture. Often horses eat it much faster (remember, faster is not always better. ) Timothy hay is high in fiber, especially when cut late. It is considered part of standard mix for grass hay and provides quality nutrition for horses.

Timothy is Recommended
We often recommend Timothy hay for horses in intensive training programs. Timothy hay is excellent for impaction and colic prone horses and is fed to horses by surgical clinics after impaction surgery in conjunction with alfalfa.  Timothy hay is excellent for foundered and obese horses and it has been said to help mares foal 40% easier. We recommend Timothy hay for horses that are confined to a stable and have created bad habits. The chewing time Timothy hay offers can help. . .

Horses are pasture animals. Their normal activities include grazing anywhere from 10-15 hours a day, Problems can arise in horses that are confined to stalls for long periods of time.

• Kicking: Stabled horses may resort to kicking due to boredom or hunger. Horses that learn to kick can quickly destroy your stable. One way to decrease this kicking behavior is free feeding Timothy on the ground so your horses can be as close to his natural state as possible.

• Box walking: A Horse will continuously walk around their stall in circles due to boredom. This causes damage to ligaments and joints. To decrease this behavior offer more turn out time. If your horse must be in a stall, we recommend free feeding Timothy hay for additional chewing time & offer toys.

• Cribbing: Often caused by boredom, horses will set their incisors into a horizontal object, arch their neck and pull backwards, swallowing air. This causes a release of endorphins and can be very addictive. Cribbing can lead to weight loss, gastric colic, and excessive tooth wear. We recommend free feeding Timothy because of the extended chewing time. It will help keep them busy and closer to their natural state.

The Advantages of Timothy hay

  • Timothy hay is recommended by Veterinarians
  • Timothy hay has natural oils thus creating a shiny coat
  • Timothy hay puts a gloss to the horses manure
  • Timothy hay helps convert fat to muscle
  • Timothy hay does not create fat around the diaphragm and this enhances breathing and endurance
  • Timothy hay is the perfect hay for the equine athlete
  • Timothy hay can be fed as a complete diet
  • Timothy hay is Blister beetle free
  • Timothy hay is the most digestible hay of all hays
  • Timothy hay is perfect for horses that are protein sensitive
  • Timothy hay can be free fed and can help reduce bad stall habits
  • Timothy hay helps mares foal easier
  • Timothy hay is excellent for foundered horses when soaked to remove excess sugars and starches
  • Timothy hay is excellent for post colic surgery
  • Timothy hay is excellent for horses that are obese
  • Timothy hay is excellent for horses that are allergic to legume hays
  • Timothy hay is great for rabbits and alpacas
  • We call it the Breakfast of Champions!

Feeding recommendations:
When changing any horses diet we recommend consulting your veterinarian. Generally speaking, give 2.5% forage / feed per 100# of body total body weight per day. All horses have different needs, So, a 1,000 pound horse would have 25 pounds of hay. This varies greatly, depending on the amount of work the horse is asked to do, and on the type of hay that is fed. It is best to allow horses to eat free-choice hay throughout the day to promote the health of their digestive systems.

Horses need minerals.
Free feed loose minerals as their bodies require.

Hay or grass is the foundation of the diet for all grazing animals. Hay is usually fed to an animal in place of allowing the animal to graze on grasses in a pasture, particularly in the winter or during times when drought or other conditions make pasture unavailable.

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