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post #1 of 40 Old 06-20-2011, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Alfalfa cubes - How much to feed?

I picked up a bag of alfalfa cubes for King and am wondering how much I should feed him? He was gaining weight pretty good for a while but has now kind of leveled off. He's a TB but isn't a hot personality.

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post #2 of 40 Old 06-20-2011, 01:13 PM
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I would start off with a quarter of a scoop for the first week, and see how he does. He may or may not get a bit hot. If you think its ok then move him up to half a scoop. He'll probably get some runny poop since the alfalfa is so rich. If you like his weight where is it I probably wouldnt feed any more than a half a scoop(about 2 lbs i think)
PLEASE please please remember to soak the cubes in water before you feed them. I dont know if your familair with feeding these or not... If you give your horse a cube as a treat now and then ok but feeding in bulk unsoaked they can seriously dehydrate a horse and even make them choke. (not a good senerio)
well there's my two cents :)
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yes i agree about soaking. they are very dry and hard if not. they also expand A lot! ... if you're feeding for weight i would make sure he has good grass hay free choice.

is he just getting hay or is he on grain also ? and how much. i would try maybe 2-3 lbs of alfalfa cubes twice daily (weighed DRY) :) for increase in weight.

but yes start slowly with a handful...then increase daily if you start him up slow enough he should have any runs. :) good luck!

p.s when i feed my horse any type of hay cubes i soak them then i squeeze the excess water out of them before i give it. it is messy but i don't want them overly heavy. but if he tends to bolt his feed keeping it a little soupy might slow him down some. so it is up to you. :)

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Right now he is getting 3 pounds of a senior feed, beet pulp, is out to pasture 24/7. 3 pounds is all that is included in board, so I wanted to find sooooomething more to add to his food.

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He is only getting 3lbs? Per feeding, or is that for the day?

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post #6 of 40 Old 06-20-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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That's for the day. :(

He loved the alfalfa cubes. I soaked them and broke them into manageable pieces then feed them spaced out while I groomed him and treated his feet. When they were all gone he gave me a through checking over to make sure I didn't have any more!

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Please soak your cubes. Not only does it show you the actual amount of alfalfa that he will be getting, but it prevents choking. also, don't drain the water when you finish soaking the cubes- it is full of vitamins and such.
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post #8 of 40 Old 06-20-2011, 05:31 PM
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No wonder why he isn't gaining anything. A senior feed has to be fed up to minimally 6lbs a day. When I was feeding Tripple Crown Senior, he was getting 10lbs a day - 5lbs per feeding.

3lbs a day is effin' rediculous. It's not even worth you spending the money on that, because he's getting diddly squat out of 3lbs. The bag states you should be feeding 6lbs or more a day. He's getting nothing out of that 3lbs.

You're better off buying your own bags of feed and having them feed 5lbs per feeding or 3lbs per feeding - twice a day. You can go to the Feed Bag and they sell Tripple Crown Senior.

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think it depends on the feed??? My feed sais mantainance is 0.25 to 0.50 for every 100lbs. Assuming a horse is 1000, that would be about 2.5 to 5.0lbs of food. It's 1lb of feed for every 100lbs at HEAVY exercise. that's a 12% with 7% fat (Nutrena Compete).

So really, 3lbs is not too bad. You have to see what it sais on the bag.
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He was gaining and filling out for a while on 3 pounds and beet pulp though, so obviously it was good for something.

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