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Horse always gets fodder (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

'fodder' is the definition.
(hay is a kind of fodder)

'horse always' is the wordplay.
'horse' becomes 'h' (synonyms).
'always' becomes 'ay' (archaic term for 'always').
'h'+'ay'='HAY'

'gets' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for hay that I've seen before include "Animal fodder", "It is to be made while the sun shines", "Forage", "basic bedding", "Meadow crop".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.