Originally Posted by Peggysue
start making the change NOW.. slowly
Pick up a good vitamin/mineral supplement designed to go with an alfalfa based diet.
If they hay with no grain it is actually a healtier diet then what he is on now. Just don't forget that alfalfa is NOT a balanced diet and that some horses have problems with it
Agreed, except that alfalfa is great when mixed with other hay, just not balanced as the sole ration, but then, No single plant is balanced enough to be the only food. Have your other hay tested to see what amount of alfalfa is right, and don't forget, your horse may not even need alfalfa, either ,but just a mixed grass hay.
Alfalfa is appropriate for most horses if they need more calories than they get from grass hay for their work load, breed, type, etc. It's safer than grain to feed. Exceptions being horses who have obesity issues and don't need the calories. It's not high in sugar, as used to be thought, and the protein is not excessive if the horse is not getting other high-protien feeds. THe calcium is imbalanced, but you should have the other feed analyzed before adding supplements, as some feed will balance it out without supplements.