Originally Posted by mbender
If you get alfalfa pellets you can soak them to soften. I agree with feeding straight alfalfa. Too rich, too much sugar content which can cause too many problems. A grass mix is best.
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Yeah, I forgot pellets could be soaked. Great idea, it gets more water into his system too and makes it less likely to cause impaction problems.
But, although alfalfa can be said to be "too rich," it is the protein and calcium that make it too rich, not sugar content. I would venture to guess most grass and grass hays have higher sugar content than alfalfa. But yes, it is definitely a rich feed, which is why adult horses can stay fat on small portions of it.