Hay is an essential component of a horse’s diet. As natural foragers, a horse’s ability to travel and graze freely is taken away when humans place them in captivity. Most horses will consume around 1.5%-2% of their body weight in forage (grass or hay) per day.
Although oat hay can be very beneficial for some horses, especially when paired with alfalfa, it is not one-size-fits-all hay. Specific nutritional requirements will help horse owners determine the ideal hay or hay mix for their horses.