This is an analysis we had done for us on our personal hay. We like to see the protein a little lower than this as our horses are not working very hard right now. The sugar content is also a little too high for my preference. Our horses do not have issues with sugar, but I like to keep their sugar consumption low. The calcium, phosphorus, magnesium ratios are satisfactory. However, the iron is on the higher side. It is imperative that your horses iron intake is closely monitored and correct amounts of zinc and copper need to be supplemented. Do not feed your horse iron knowingly. Most horses have iron overload. Horses are very good at storing iron, but extremely limited at getting rid of excess. It is stored in the liver and affects most systems. There are many articles on the internet on iron overload in horses. Please check them out. High levels of manganese are just as detrimental to horses when minerals are not balanced. Overall this sample is not too bad. The digestive energy is also on the higher side for our horses. .91, we would like to see this number in the 80's preferably. Bottom line with DE , it is caloric density, combinations of protein and sugar. Not a bad hay, just a little too fattening for us.
This hay is interesting as it's 14.9% protein. Somewhat uncommon for orchard, but it's way too high for my easy keepers. Total NSC is a low 10.8%, very nice. Major minerals are way off. Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium are basically the same. Calcium should be twice the phosphorus and magnesium. You would need to supplement this hay with 19 grams of calcium per 20 pounds fed. Trace minerals are no surprise. Iron and manganese are somewhat high, however they are doable. 20 pounds of hay would require 980mg.s of zinc and 206mg.s of copper. This hay is decent, only too high in protein for my horses.