How to Use Water to Reduce Dust in Hay

Two Methods:Immersing the HayWetting the Hay

If you're stuck with dusty hay, it's a good practice to reduce that dust as much as you can before you feed it to your horses. Reducing the dust in your hay is also a great practice if you have horses with sensitive lungs[1]. There are several ways of doing this, all of which include using water.


These methods work both for square baled hay and for hay from round bales.

Method 1
Immersing the Hay

This method requires a tub of water. After being immersed, the hay should be served immediately. Might not work so well in cold weather (want wet, cold hands?) though!

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    Take the hay and immerse it fully in a tub of clean water.
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    Shake some of the water out of the hay.
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    Serve the hay!

Method 2
Wetting the Hay

For this method you'll need a large garden watering can and a pitchfork. This method may not work as well as soaking the hay, but generally works just fine if the hay isn't too dusty, and is also more suited for winter weather.

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    Roll or set out the hay across the ground, about a flake or two thick. Just set out as much hay as you need for this feeding.
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    Sprinkle the water from the watering can over the hay rather deeply. Shake and fluff the hay using the pitchfork, flipping it upside down as you go.
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    Pour more water over the hay, then shake and fluff it again. Shake it well so the water makes it all the way through the hay.
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    Serve the hay!

Things You'll Need

Soaking Method

  • Large water tub

Sprinkling Method

  • Garden watering can, preferably large
  • Pitchfork

Tips

  • If you soak the hay for very long, it can lose a lot of its nutrients.
  • These methods work great for horses with bad, or sensitive, lungs.


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Categories: Horse Feeding