Compressed hay and hay cubes for horses.
I have only recently discovered compressed hay bales, my main question was “WHY”? And then I loaded up my tiny car with horse supplies and realized I could not get a single bale of hay in the hatchback but I could get about 6 small compressed bales back there.
This is a compressed FLAKE – smaller than a breadbox.
Hay cubes, compressed hay, and hay pellets are the same – mostly.
- Same product, different shape. But maybe even better in some circumstances. Hay products like cubes, pellets, and compressed bales are typically “cleaner” than your average bale of hay.
- This isn’t science here – only my experiences – but I have found squashed snakes, wires, weeds, birds, plastic bits, and other weird things in bales of hay. However, with a packaged hay product like a cube or a compressed bale, they are typically certified weed-free and by extension metal bit and dead animal-free, too.
- You will also find a guaranteed analysis on each and every bag or compressed bale, letting you know the basic nutritional values of your cube or compressed bale. It’s rare to find a delivery of hay that comes with this information – you usually need to send a sample to a lab for analysis if you want the numbers for your hay delivery.
Hay cubes can be soaked for maximum ease of chewing, and also some a great way to add water to your horse’s diet!
Cubes will also vary in sizes and types of hay.
The advantages of compressed hay products
- It also won’t leave a trail of hay bits in your trunk. Same for hay cubes. If your horse gets as much hay as he wants, but you need to supplement with a tiny amount of alfalfa or timothy (for example), cubes are easy to weigh and use.
- If you have one horse at the barn with a special hay need, you can easily feed him hay cubes or a compressed flake without buying bales that could go bad by the time he can eat them.
Close up of the compressed flake – note the really small length of hay! The length of hay is even shorter for hay pellets. This may help sensitive horses digest hay more readily and comfortably.
Pellets, Cubes, and Bricks are pound-for-pound the same as long stem hay.
- And, they are easier to weigh, so your horse can have a more accurate feeding regime.
- This also makes storage much easier, 50 lbs of cubes take up much less room than 50 lbs of a traditional bale of hay.
- You can easily store hay cubes in a rodent-proof bin, like these vaults below.
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Other sizes available, too!