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    06-15-2009, 04:59 PM
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Is it better to feed alfalfa and night or in the morning if you are putting weight on a horse? I was told to put him on alfalfa to up his protein content...

Peggysue, are you out there?? Hehe :)

(Dean gets free choice Bermuda, 5 lbs Ultium, 5 lbs beet pulp, 2 cups rice bran oil, free access to salt lick, and a probiotic daily. Teeth were floated on Friday, worm free culture, no ulcers.)

Dean's weight gain is so slow. A lot of it is because he never stops moving around, he no longer weaves (yay!) but he always has ants in his proverbial I am trying to get on top of the calories he burns.. if that makes sense. But I also do not want a hot OTTB.
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    06-15-2009, 05:06 PM
I'm not really sure what your question is......

I feed my mare alfalfa hay in the winter, because it's richer than grass hay and since she isn't getting as much pasture. During the summer, she gets grass hay morning and night and alfalfa pellets at night.

I don't think when you feed the alfalfa is all that important. However, if you're worried about it making him "hot" I guess you could give it to him in the morning, so long as he has a pasture to play in all day. I personally haven't had a problem with "hotness" combined with the alfalfa, even an old OTTB I used to work with. As long as he was excercised regularly and had a lot of turn out, he was fine.
    06-16-2009, 12:00 AM
He does not have a pasture to play in, he does not get turn out til the evening after I get off work. The theory (I was told) about feeding him alfalfa at night was so that he felt more full over night...but he has free choice bermuda anyway so Im not sure that even matters.
    06-16-2009, 01:18 AM
I was kinda wondering the same thing, morning or night.I feed my horse soaked alfafia in the evening along with his regular feed and in the morning he gets calf manna with his regular feed, so I don't really think it makes a differents, I have had him about 2 months and he has put on about 100 lbs.I don't have a spirited horse either, he is nice and calm
    06-16-2009, 08:30 AM
Refresh me here what is his total diet besides free choice hay??

If I was going to feed it once a day I would give it to him in his stall :) whenever that may be .. I like to divide everything up into two feedings ..
    06-16-2009, 11:47 AM
I actually prefer lots of hay to alfalfa. Correct me if I'm wrong but I was told by several people that too much alfalfa may cause diarrhea. So I rather give them lots of hay to munch and keep themself occupied then little alfalfa. As for getting weight, both my horses came underweight (especially paint), and in couple month on good free choice hay they picked up all weight back (they are young though).
    06-16-2009, 01:46 PM
Peggysue-- Dean gets free choice Bermuda, 5 lbs Ultium, 5 lbs beet pulp, 2 cups rice bran oil, free access to salt lick, and a probiotic daily. Teeth were floated on Friday, worm free culture, no ulcers, blood is clear. Everything he gets now is divided up into 2 feedings.

I guess what I was wondering was if feeding him alfalfa would make a difference in his calorie intake or not. He gets free choice bermuda now, but I have also been being told bermuda has no nutritional content sooo ??
    06-16-2009, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
There are better things out there than alfalfa for weight gain. Peggy will know, I've seen her mention various things on another forum.
    06-16-2009, 03:11 PM
I would put the horse on Beet Pulp first before adding in alfalfa.. calories about the same and much safer
    06-16-2009, 05:35 PM
Alrighty, I will just leave him on his beet pulp then. Thanks Peggy, you came thru for me before when I first got him and he has gained a lot since then.

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