Thanks walkinthewalk! I was hoping you'd chime in - I love your perspective! :)
The alfalfa wasn't new. I get 140# bales so, as you can imagine, one lasts quite a while! haha! We're about in the middle of the current one - it's a really nice bale this time, all "fluffy" and green.
The grass hay was the new bale. I did notice that the flakes were a bit weird (some of the flakes had weirdly folded areas/chunks of short grass) but I didn't inspect it much more than being like "who were the weirdos that baled THIS?"
I'll look into it more fully when I head back up there after this reply.
Yeah, I'm not too worried about the alfalfa. She drops weight like crazy without alfalfa in the winter and gets all potbellied like a protein deficient horse, my theory is that she has higher protein demands than the average horse...for whatever reason. Our grass hay is also really low protein so that probably plays a part. I'm glad you agree! :)
The Red Cell is just because, according to FeedXL.com, her diet is lacking B vitamins and a few other things -even with the mineral supplement- that are "only" solved -according to FeedXL- by adding Red Cell. I got it to try last summer and I've definitely seen an improvement in her overall immune function+cool energy (she has ERU which is an auto-immune disease so her immune system needs all the help it can get) so I've kept her on it. She doesn't get a bunch, maybe only a tablespoon per day, but it helps for sure. Glad to share my thinking!
She sure does have a cast iron tummy! She can have sudden feed changes, go from 100% one kind of hay to 100% a different kind, move pastures, even get really worked up nervous, and nothing. Her poops are always solid. I find it sort of amusing: she looks like this unassuming sweet old girl but then really she's a literal machine, inside and out!
I try not to change things too suddenly on her, just because even if it doesn't show I don't want to be causing her any discomfort, but it's sure nice to not have to really baby her tummy...most of the time. haha!
I do have Probios on hand that I bought for my goats (the powdered kind in a tub), I'll sprinkle a little on her dinner tonight to help her help herself get back on track. Can't hurt, right? haha
Thanks Apachie! I appreciate your thoughts! A probiotic certainly can't hurt, especially since I already have Probios on hand! :)