It one of those things.......some horses need this - some need that.
I have - and will always seek out meadow hay in preference to oaten - as It's quality, and nturitional value can actualy be better than oaten.
Good quality meadow hay should offer more than the conventional oaten.
However - as their is no stipulation on what 'meadow hay' is - other than it grew in that paddock and we cut it for hay, it can very GREATLY in it's nutritional value.
Also - people who often cut meadow hay do it as the paddock is overgrown and can make a buck - rather than a purpose grown oaten hay crop.
I prefer to feed meadow hay - as the only reason I would feed hay is to suppliment the pasture.
And meadow hay is the closest thing to pasture I can find.
Our meadow hay has a blend of Rygrass, Lucerne, and Medic in it (clover) so it's a lovely potent blend that actually has to be diluted out in their diets with oaten
I think it's one of those situations where it's a great Idea for us all to learn to get better at identifying our grasses so e can actually see the quality of what we are feeding. We'd save ourselves alot of money in the end.
Actualy with my 4 - nomally this time of the year we'd be hardfeeding everyone. Im only giving them vitamin supps at the moment. Amazing - im really suprised.
Food for though
Our Meadow hay