June 23rd – Use Caution When Bedding Horses on Rye Straw

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Great article from The Horse READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

By University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

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Due to a shortage of wheat straw in the United States, more equine operations are switching to rye straw for bedding. Experts at the University of Kentucky’s (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment say this is generally a good option, but there are several unique considerations when using rye straw.

Unlike wheat, where the grain is harvested first and the remaining stems are cut and baled, the whole rye plant is usually harvested and baled. This means the straw still has its seed heads, which contain awns or appendages that could cause gum irritation if the horse consumes the bedding. Thus, it’s important to watch horses bedded on rye closely to ensure their gums don’t become irritated. read more

GreenScene Agritek has a breakdown of 10 bedding types on our website – HERE to review











Grasses including tall fescue and ryegrass, pictured here, can contain ergot bodies, which can be toxic to horses.

Photo: Courtesy Cynthia Gaskill/UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory