Fact Sheet: Hay Soaking



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Hay Soaking Fact Sheet

Soaking hay in water prior to feeding it to horses can control dust and pollen exposure, limit non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and remove–for good or bad–protein and minerals.

Recent research shows soaking hay before feeding it to horses can help manage many important equine health conditions, including:

  • Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, heaves);
  • Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (equine Cushing’s);
  • Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS);
  • Insulin resistance (IR);
  • Laminitis (founder);
  • Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM);
  • Obesity; and
  • Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis.

Learn about the potential benefits of soaking your horse’s hay, methods for soaking, and what to do with the remaining liquid (hint: don’t use it to water plants) in this information packed fact sheet.


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Written by:

Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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