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    04-29-2011, 07:40 PM
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Weanling
Bermuda for mare that needs weight?

After 2 bad boarding situations my mare needs a bit more weight. She is not skinny by any means but definitely needs a few more pounds. She is currently getting alfalfa and Bermuda, fed twice a day. I just started giving her shredded beet pulp(no molasses), half a scoop once a day. I plan on moving it up to a full scoop. She is an easy keeper (when she's actually fed! Ugh) and I was wondering if I cut out the alfalfa and she got straight Bermuda would she lose more weight? Alfalfa is $20 a bale right now, itd be so much cheaper to cut it out temporarily till gas and hay comes down. Opinions?
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    04-29-2011, 07:51 PM
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Yearling
In my experience, my horses had a much harder time keeping weight on when fed just bermuda. For the first part of winter I kept my horses on alfalfa when the other horses were switched to bermuda because of the price. My horses looked so much healthier than the other horses who all had ribs showing. Towards to the end of winter my area completely ran out of alfalfa so I had no choice but to feed them grass and sure enough they lost weight. Persia was a little overweight so you can't really see her ribs but Whisper just looks too skinny and I can see all of hers.
     
    04-29-2011, 09:19 PM
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Weanling
Yeah that's my worry. Ill just stick with the alfalfa then, $7 a bale wouldve been awesome though haha. I just hate seeing her thin at all!
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    04-29-2011, 11:21 PM
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Also, horses who are used to eating alfalfa typically revolt and will not eat straight grass. That only makes the weight loss worse. Personally, I would ditch the BP. BP only offers the same amount of calories as grass hay but at a premium price. If you're paying $10/50# bag that's $400/ton. At $7 for a 3 string 85# bale that's $161/ton or for 2 string 60# bale that's $231/ton.
     
    05-01-2011, 11:12 AM
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dee
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My horses get prairie hay - a mix of native grasses with some bermuda. They do just fine. I do add some alfalfa pellets to their diet just to make sure they are getting enough protein. If you change to bermuda grass hay, you could feed alfalfa pellets - it doesn't really take very much, only about 3-4 lbs/day.
     
    05-02-2011, 02:16 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by dee    
My horses get prairie hay - a mix of native grasses with some bermuda. They do just fine. I do add some alfalfa pellets to their diet just to make sure they are getting enough protein. If you change to bermuda grass hay, you could feed alfalfa pellets - it doesn't really take very much, only
About 3-4 lbs/day.

That's what I was thinking..ahh I don't know what to do! Ill figure out how much I'd actually be saving to see if it would be worth it.

Its just so hard to support me and her when prices keep going up up up!
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    05-02-2011, 03:51 PM
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Weanling
The biggest thing you need to know is quality. If the bermudagrass is 90+ rfv you should be ok on just bermudagrass. If teh bermudagrass is 75 rfv, you need the alfalfa for sure. You have to know the quality of the hay - and a visual examination won't cut it.
     

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