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post #31 of 32 Old 07-02-2009, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by aynelson View Post
The Alfalfa pellets I have do not have feeding instructions. Lemme clarify: you feed about 1.5lbs for a 1000(ish) lb horse. Is this two times a day? How do you change this throughout the seasons? I am sooo glad to hear there are alternatives to the crap on the market. I wonder if ANY research goes into the long-term aspects of the diets offered by these companies.
They're hay pellets, so you can't really over feed them, lol. I feed goodies just once a day. A 3 qt feed scoop will hole about 3-3.5 lbs of Alfalfa Pellets, depending on the pellet. Most idle or easy keeper horses will do fine on 1/2 to 1 scoop a day plus plenty of hay (2-3% of their body weight a day) or good grazing. If the horse is a hard keeper or in heavy training/work, then 1-3 scoops a day is the general range.

Just start with 1 scoop with your vitamin supplement and see how they do. Increase or decrease the amount as needed. Add water if your vitamins are powdered, just enough to dampen the pellets and help the vitamins stick.
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post #32 of 32 Old 07-03-2009, 08:03 AM
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If your horses have 24/7 access to good pasture there is no need to supplement with any other feed. If you ride a lot then you may need to add something like the Alfalfa pellets or Beet pulp etc. I use a mix of both in small scoops to add things like MSM etc. It also keeps the "don't need anything" horses from being cranky when the old horse gets his large ration cuz his teeth are going.

Basically, I'd take them off the hard feed. If you have feed to use up go ahead and feed them a reduced amount(half ration or less) til you use it up. Then feed a cup or so of Alfalfa pellets, dampened just enough to allow the supplements to stick. See how they do. Some horses on full pasture will get too fat so you may have to take them off for part of the day/night and give them a flake or 2 of hay. Grass can be high in sugar and that can be very harmful to some horses.

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