Forage - The Foundation of Your Retired Horse's Diet
High Quality Small Bales Only
Orchard Equine Retirement feeds only high quality hay made in small bales.
Second and third cutting Orchard Grass, Orchard Grass/Alfalfa or Orchard Grass/Clover Mix are the standard hay choices.
Horses are fed the hay that best meets their nutritional requirements.
Mature first cutting is provided to horses with certain metabolic disorders whose condition requires a hay with lower sugar & starches.
A local family farm supplies all of our hay in small hay bales, thus providing your horse with a consistent high quality hay source.
In the rare instance where our high quality hay and/or pasture with Blue Seal Sentinel feeds is not enough to maintain a retired horse's weight, we supplement with Alfalfa Cubes or Pellets, and Chopped Hay Products.
Grass & Legume Hay Mix
2nd & 3rd Cutting
Depending on the needs of the retired horses in our care, we feed second and third cutting Orchard Grass/Alfalfa mix, Orchard Grass/Clover Mix, straight Orchard Grass and/or straight Alfalfa.
We feed first cutting hay to our goats, ponies on a weight reduction diet and horses whose health issues such as a history of laminitis, insulin resistance, Cushings, and EPSM require lower sugar and starch such as that generally found in later first cutting hay.
Slow Feed Hay Nets/Bags
We utilize show feed hay nets as a means of controlling waste and reducing cleanup. Horses are provided access to hay 24/7 when adequate pasture is not available to meet your horse's nutritional needs.
Since our goal is waste reduction rather than on slowing a horse's rate of hay consumption we utilize 1.5" and 2" opening bags. Ponies who need to have their rate of consumption slowed utilize the 1" opening bags.