Horses require a minimum of 40% forage in their diet. Traditionally this is provided in the form of hay. The quality of hay is therefore very important, low quality hay will have a low nutritional value and contain dust and mould spores, which are harmful to horses and those handling it. This can be overcome by soaking the hay, however important nutrients will be lost in this process.
Frieze Forage haylage is produced by cutting the grass in late May or early June when nutritional values are higher than in July or August when grass is often cut for hay, Instead of allowing the grass to dry out completely, the grass is baled when the moisture content reaches 30-35% and it is tightly wrapped with several layers of polythene to exclude any air. The haylage then ferments over a period of 8-10 weeks which preserves the nutrients and proteins and prevents mould or dust spores forming, producing a moist, nutritious and dust free forage for horses and ponies.