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as with the increasing drought need for feed and so forth as well as income on my property i was wondering whether horses can graze barley as it is growig and or soy beans as there growing??

Where are you from? Victoria Australia

How did you locate this forum? webpage

Re: Pastures

Hello Gavin,

Thank you for writing about this important issue. Barley, before it starts to seed, is fine for horses. Once it does start to seed, however, you would be risking too high a starch intake and barley is not very well digested, so this could lead to colic, and even laminitis.

Soybean foliage is a problem because it tends to become easily infested with blister beetles. These insects are highly toxic and even one bug can kill a horse. And, if the soybeans have developed, this is also not a good idea to feed because raw soybeans contains a substance (called a trypsin inhibitor) that diminishes protein digestion in horses.

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Dr. Getty