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Some people are calling teff hay (Eragrostis teff) the ‘perfect grass for foundered horses’. But is Teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high sugar forage? Like all other hays, the sugar concentration of any individual lot of teff hay is dependent on the conditions under which it was grown. Only testing for sugar and starch at a suitable forage testing lab can tell you if hay is suitable for horses that are intolerant of high levels of carbohydrate.
About the author:
Kathryn Watts, BS, is a private contract agricultural researcher and consultant. She began her study and research on horse specific forage issues after her ponies foundered on hay. Her findings are offered on www.safergrass.org , thanks to funding by the Animal Health Foundation.