Feeding clover to your horse

Quick facts

Clover’s energy, protein and fiber content make it a good feed source for horses.

  • Moldy clover can cause slobbers, liver damage and bleeding in horses.
  • Mold grows when the temperature is above 80 F and the humidity is above 60 percent.
  • Bleeding only happens in horses eating moldy sweet clover hay.

Where is clover found?

Red, white, alsike and sweet clovers commonly grow throughout the United States. Many use clover in their pasture and hay mixes. Transportation departments also use clover for ditches and roadways.


Krishona Martinson, Extension equine specialist; Mike Murphy and Lynn Hovda, University of Minnesota

Reviewed in 2018

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