Why should I have my forage analysed?
The majority of any horses’ diet should be based on forage and fibre. With this being the case, knowing the nutritional analysis of your horses grazing and/or forage (hay/haylage) can be helpful in determining their overall diet contributions.
Alongside this, testing your forage sources can also be helpful in determining whether these are a suitable source of fibre for your horse, whether it be a higher energy/protein forage required for a performance horse, or a lower calorie, lower sugar fibre source required for a horse prone to laminitis.
In addition to nutritional analyses, hygiene analyses can be important in determining the quality of your forage source; high mould and yeast counts could present a health challenge for your horse.
When should I analyse my forage?
The nutritional analysis of grazing changes considerably throughout the year, and due to this, hay and haylage can also vary depending on the time and in which conditions that they were cut.
We recommend getting your forage analysed whenever you change supply especially if you are particularly concerned about certain nutritional analyses. In the most part, testing a new supply or a new year/different field of hay/haylage is best practice.
We have a number of services available depending on your needs. If you’re unsure of which service you require, our friendly nutritional helpline team can help, available 9-5 Mon-Fri on
01270 782 223, via LiveChat on our website or email
Once you have ordered and paid for your Forage Analysis, you will receive an email with your booking order number. Collect your forage sample and send it to: Dodson & Horrell Ltd, Aston Mill, Wrenbury Road, Aston, Nantwich, CW5 8DH. Please include your order number with your sample when sending it to us. Once we receive your forage sample, it will be analysed and the results will be sent out to you via email.
For more information on how to collect your forage samples click here
Unsure what to feed your horse or pony?
Want to check what you’re currently feeding with us? No problem! We’ve created the Feed Review which along with the help of our nutritional team can help review and create a nutritional plan for your horse. We generate a unique diet report that includes products, ration sizes, forage type, pasture, and turnout times!
Your bespoke diet report will be prepared by us and sent to you within 3 working days. Once you have your forage results, we can incorporate these along with current side-on photo of your horse so that we can send you the best possible advice.
It’s free, takes five minutes and if we don’t think there is anything you need to change, we’ll tell you that too!