Alfalfa does kidney damage to older horses. I have seen, first hand, an older horse slowly die from his kidneys shutting down due to an excess of alfalfa hay and oats. He first foundered, and from there his quality of life deteriorated extremely quickly. Because of the "over-work" the kidneys were doing, foundered (and still was being fed a diet of alfalfa and oats)
Drinking a glass of wine per day will not probably damage your liver; drinking a case of milwalkie's best every night will damage your liver!
|Most older horses have some type of Insulin Resistance or Cushings. Because of this, no horse older than about 20 (in my opinion) should be fed any alfalfa.|