I've just been browsing some websites about lucerne hay, as my horse is fed lucerne chaff after being worked along with EasiResponse, and I was just curious about the nutritional value of this particular hay. One website that I saw had a bit about how lucerne hay can cause easy keepers to put on weight more than is desired. I haven't done much research yet, but I just wanted to ask about this.
My mare is most likely classified an "easy keeper" - she's out in the pasture 24/7 and is only fed after being worked, and she keeps condition and weight easily.
Should I be considering a different type of hay to feed my horse? She doesn't get much, one big scoop which is probably... 10 cups?? I'm really not sure. But she is prettty fat at the moment and I was wondering if this could be contributing to it? As discussed in a previous thread, I have cut down her chaff and increased her exercise which should help he rlose some weight, but I just wanted some feedback. Is she fed enough chaff that it is possible to be affecting her weight because of the type of chaff?