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post #1 of 43 Old 01-05-2010, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cool The Big Debate Over: Alfalfa does it make your horse hyper? Love to hear your thought

Well hello everyone, thank you for reading,

There is a big debate about Alfalfa hay/cubes make your horse "hot" or hyper.

I have heard many different opinions and have also read things on the internet about it being a myth if feeding this to your horse makes them hot or not.
Please express your thoughts.
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post #2 of 43 Old 01-05-2010, 07:59 PM
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I feed alfalfa to my western pleasure horse with his evening feedings and when I go to out of town shows... I certainly wouldn't feed it to him if I thought it made him hyper! 8)

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All my horses get fed alfalfa and I have never noticed any of them being "hot" because of it. IMHO, if a horse is hot, then it is generally a training issue and cannot just miraculously appear from being fed alfalfa. Sweet feed maybe, but that contains too much sugar.

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Oh, there are two of these threads! I replied in the other one.

But briefly, I have always been a firm believer the it does not heat horses up. However I recently aquired a 20 year old tb gelding for my father to learn to ride on. This horse is VERY quiet, I can do anything on him, jump on him bareback and take him around the paddock, ride him with just a rope around his neck and get a dressage test out of him... he's a lovely old boy. But give him just ONE biscuit of alfalfa, and he is a raving lunatic!! He will gallop the length of the paddocking bucking and carrying on like a 2 year old! Without alfalfa, he serenely cruises the paddock nibbling grass.

So yep, I'd say it can definitely hot them up!
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Just to add, I have always fed it to all my horses and never had an issue with it. This includes young breakers, ottb's and others. And not one has been heated up on it, but obviously there are certain horses that do react in such a way as above!
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Maybe the mads can merge the two threads.

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I'm not mad.... :) Where is the other thread? Can you provide a link? I'll try to merge....

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I'd say it depends on the horse. My friend and I added alfalfa hay cubes to our horse's diets last year. Her Quarter Horse showed no personality changes whatsoever. My OTTB started acting loopy with 7 days. It was a noticeable difference and the alfalfa was the only change. I guess alfalfa is a lot like alcohol for humans. Some get quiet, some get angry, and other get silly.
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Both of mine get alfalfa pellets and oats once a day to supplement their orchard grass hay and I haven't noticed it causing any problems....

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I'd say it depends on the horse. My friend and I added alfalfa hay cubes to our horse's diets last year. Her Quarter Horse showed no personality changes whatsoever. My OTTB started acting loopy with 7 days. It was a noticeable difference and the alfalfa was the only change. I guess alfalfa is a lot like alcohol for humans. Some get quiet, some get angry, and other get silly.
Haha so is that why they like it so much????
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