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Old 05-03-2007, 08:01 PM  
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Dusty hay

The last batch of hay we got has been really dusty. Every now and then I see some mold, but there is so much dust.

Is it bad to give the horses dusty hay? It seems really dry also.

I have been hosing it down for them to try and soften it up and get rid of the dust.

Should I not be giving it to them?

They eat most of it as a second choice to the better hay, but pick through it.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:08 PM  
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I would be careful giving them the dusty hay! I would suggest even soaking it in a large tub before giving it to them - as they may start to develop a cough. This happens to my neighbors horse - she has to soak the hay that they have because its really dusty also.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:14 PM  
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If it has mold then dont use it. If its just dust then doing what your doing now is a good idea. Smell the hay does it smell musty or sour. If so dont use it. Horses dont tolerate mold so dont take the chance. Also dusty hay can cause respiratory problems for you and your horse. continuous exposure to dusty hay can cause whats called farmers lung which is a form of emphysema so try not to inhale to much hay dust yourself.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:16 PM  
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I'm so frustrated with this stupid hay!!

No I am not giving them the moldy hay. But I am finding that the mold doesn't look like mold, but more like lime?

Weird. I'm not too sure how it smells, it doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell good.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:17 PM  
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No, really, DON'T do that. you'll be picking it up one peace at a time for the next year of you try.

Soaking works great though, we've had to do it a time or two.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:38 PM  
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Once I bought some really big square bailes they were 4x4x8 and they had something on them too. I can't remember what its called but they use it to prevent mold. The large bailers injected it rihgt on the bailes automattically. It won't hurt them but they might not like it as much. I would soak it down really good and then you should be fine. You can even let it soak a few hours and it won't hurt the hay one bit.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:51 PM  
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I searched it on google and everything says not to give them the dusty hay.

Should I just trash the bales? Or is it ok to soak them in water and then feed them?
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:56 PM  
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Our vet told our neighbor that as long as she soaked the hay for awhile in a large tub to make sure it was really wet her horse would be fine.

But you need to do what makes you feel most comfortable. I'm not telling you either way on what to do I was just informing you so that you can make the best decision for you and your horses.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:12 PM  
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around here i've heard they salt the bails to keep them dry. I live in Washington where its pretty wet durring the winter.
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I remember reading in one of the horse books a long time ago about dusty hay and to soak it so it should be ok to feed soaked just not moldy. Sometimes when they cut it the sun has baked the earth and when they come to bail it the dirt starts to fly and gets into the bails I have had to deal with it before and just hosed it down.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:28 PM  
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I wouldn't feed it.
Can create a heavey horse if it IS just old dusty hay.
I would be willing to bet that since you have seen some mold/white mold on there-that the "dust" is actually mold spores.
Those can spread..not good.
I would dump that-your fabulous horse is worth more than a few discarded bales of hay
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I would not use it either! I went through a bout with bad hay and every one of my horses lost a ton of weight. They all ended up with diarrhea. I couldn't figure out why until I REALLY investigated the hay. It was bought sight unseen and was a round bale.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:17 AM  
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Dusty hay is a major cause of Heaves.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:55 AM  
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At least you have hay to feed. We are in sure a sever drought here. I did manage to find a bale and it is very dry as well. I only give my horse free choice 2 hours in the am and 2 hour in the pm. So they don't get to exposed to the dust.

I would do like everyone is suggesting water it down first to help rinse away the mold and dust.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:30 AM  
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Hi,

If you have an option then don't feed the dusty hay. Not always an option I know.

When I got Liz, the only hay we had was really dusty. she was coughing within 2 days. Turned out she is allergic to dust.

Vet suggested soaking the hay like 8 hours. So what we did was put her hay into a bucket. Each feed would rotate. Water from bucket to her, next feeding in.

It worked fine. Of course we hunted for different hay. But that year it was really hard to find, and you had to use what you can find. She had meds and cleared up cough in two days. As long as we soaked she was fine. But switch as soon as you can.

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Old 05-04-2007, 06:57 AM  
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If that was all that was available-switch to cubes.
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At least you have hay to feed. We are in sure a sever drought here. I did manage to find a bale and it is very dry as well. I only give my horse free choice 2 hours in the am and 2 hour in the pm. So they don't get to exposed to the dust.

I would do like everyone is suggesting water it down first to help rinse away the mold and dust.
You can't rinse away mold.

Toss it, babycakes. It's not worth it.
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:19 AM  
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I would burn it....too much exposure to dusty hay, even with no mold, can cause heaves as others have pointed out. Also, the more times an animal (or human for that matter) is exposed to an allergen, the more chance of developing an allergy to whatever substance. To me it wouldn't be worth taking the chance even by soaking it. JMO
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:41 AM  
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Ok thanks everyone. I'm seriously considering just not using it.

Don't want any problems. It's definatly not worth the headache it may cause.

Plus the whole truckload that the farmer brought from PA was filled with ALOT of moldy hay. He was called and said that he would make good for it next time.

I think I will start counting how many bales are and see what he says.

I am not going to be around this weekend, so I will pick out good bales to be fed to the horses and deal with the bad hay next week.

My vet is also coming out Monday, and I'll just add that to my list of questions to ask him.
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:44 AM  
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That stuff spreads-that is the "dust" you are seeing-it reproduces with mist like spores.
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