Can Horses Eat…?

Can Horses Eat Silage?

 

No, horses should not be fed silage!

For those not in the know silage (also known as haylage) is compacted grass and crops which are typically stored in a silo to provide a cheap food to feed to cud-chewing animals in the winter when other crops and grazing material is low. As you may know horses are not ruminants, and therefore silage should not be part of their diet.

The main issue with feeding horses silage is the mold and bacteria that can grow in the damp, dark conditions in which silage is typically stored. Every responsible horse owner should know that moldy or unclean food is a major risk factor for your horse due to the way that their digestive system works.

Mold and bacteria have a high risk of causing colic and botulism in horses, therefore we never recommend that you feed any foods that Can Horses Eat Silagecan increase the risk of giving your horse digestive issues; silage being the highest risk food that we have on our site.

Many horse owners are tempted to feed their horse silage because of its low cost and the fact that other animals will eat as much of it as possible. If you are tempted to feed your horse silage because of cost then we highly recommend that you look for budget horse feeds or homemade alternatives instead.

If you have evidence that your horse has eaten silage and its acting strangely or is showing symptoms of colic or botulism then we highly recommend that you contact your veterinarian.

Got any stories about horses becoming ill because of eating silage? Let us know in the comments below.

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