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post #1 of 7 Old 05-04-2008, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Help!!! My horse is allergic to hay?!?

So my horse has had an intermittent cough since december. At first we thought it was a cold but it never went away and he never had any other symptoms, just what looks like allergies in people (coughing, watery eyes ect...). I believe it may be that he has developed an allergy to the hay fed at the barn I board at. Anyways I finally got fed up with soaking the hay feeding him outside and such things with little result, so I called up the vet but she is out of town and I don't like the other vet she practices with so were going to have to wait awhile. So in the mean time I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on forage replacement feeds. Right now he is getting mostly grass hay and one flake of alfalfa a day because he's a growing boy. I need something palatable and that will take him awhile to eat.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-04-2008, 04:42 AM
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-04-2008, 01:14 PM
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Alfallfa cubes are a good answer to problems like this :)


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My sisters horse has leigh grass to eplace haylage :)

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-04-2008, 06:48 PM
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Just like JustDressageIt said- Alfalfa Cubes are a very good idea!

I like Alfalfa cubes because I have a lot of Retiree's and some of them have trouble chewing and Alfalfa Cubes give them the same nutrients they need. Also I like them better because not only are they easier to feed out (less,less messier!) but since they are soaked there's no dust in it like Hay! Well, they are All-Around good!

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Just like JustDressageIt said- Alfalfa Cubes are a very good idea!

I like Alfalfa cubes because I have a lot of Retiree's and some of them have trouble chewing and Alfalfa Cubes give them the same nutrients they need. Also I like them better because not only are they easier to feed out (less,less messier!) but since they are soaked there's no dust in it like Hay! Well, they are All-Around good!

Hope I helped!
Yes, they're very good for oldies as well


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post #7 of 7 Old 05-05-2008, 10:11 AM
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What you need to do depends on whether you are dealing with an allergy or Heaves--they aren't the same thing. If it's an allergy then you need to change not just the form of forage you feed but the type of forage, meaning that you can't swith from an alfalfa hay to alfalfa cubes to fix it is the TYPE of forage that is the proglem.

If it is Heaves, then you can continue with the same type of forage but change to cubes or even just serve the hay floating in a big bucket of water because it's not the alfalfa or timothy or whatever type of forage you are feeding but the irritants (dust, mold, fungi) in the hay that is causing the problem.

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