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Bob Saunders
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Username: Rgsaunde

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, Nov 20, 2004 - 11:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My hay broker has just received a shippment of Canary Hay. Is it safe for horses??? I am in NC and have never seen this before. It appears to be good hay, but I have never feed it before.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 11540
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Nov 22, 2004 - 9:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Though I have no experience with it, some species of canary grass (Phalaris sp) are used as pasture and hay for horses and ruminants and you will find it's nutritional profile at, Care for Horses Nutrition Forages for Horses, an Overview. Poisoning is often reported in sheep and cattle but horses appear resistant to the problem and often not listed as effected. However in all of the scientific literature there is one report of suspected horse poisoning in Australia in horses grazing blue canary grass (P. coerulescens). I know you would like a thumbs up or down on this but this is all I know: it appears to be used commonly as pasture in some parts of the world, most reports come out of Australia, with no known problems.
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Bob Saunders
Username: Rgsaunde

Post Number: 3
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, Nov 22, 2004 - 8:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks for the information. I think I will pass on the hay. Just to be on the safe side.

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