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        08-03-2010, 10:29 AM
    Thanks everyone! Yeah I guess I just have to face to cold hard truth about winter, and feed more hay. In the past I have only given my horses about two flakes a day of Orchard and Alfalfa.. I guess I could probably get a big round bale and give them more of that then spending alot on more Orchard and Alfalfa square bales. Would grass hay be enough to satisfy them or should I feed like a half - 1 flake of alfalfa also?

    Sidenote: my pasture is divided in half by a fence & gate (we originally owned ten acres altogether, but had to divide the pasture when we sold 5 acres of our land. The neighbors don't have horses so they let us keep ours on the whole pasture.) Well would it be smart to maybe rotate between the two during winter? The only thing is that our side of the pasture is only maybe 1 1/2 acres..
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        08-03-2010, 10:40 AM
    If you're not working them in the winter, I see not reason to feed alfalfa. Grass hay should be fine. We always fed round bales in the winter, so hay was free choice and not metered out (and cheaper than squares!). Ours always stayed a reasonable weight over the winter.
        08-03-2010, 11:00 AM
    We don't feed our horses alfalfa hay per se, just prairie hay. However, we don't grain our horses (although at present we are feeding all of them a pelleted feed that, while forage based, does have a bit of grain by-product, whatever that is, due to a disasterous summer vacation incident), and we do feed alfalfa pellets and beet pulp. We do have at least one horse that can't have alfalfa - his system can't handle it for some reason - so he will stay on the pelleted feed and beet pulp once all of our horses are back to a decent weight.
        08-03-2010, 12:06 PM
    During the winter months, well around October I over seed my pasture with oats (most people use rye but I use oats I can get it in bulk and its cheaper)and my guys have a roll of hay 24/7 nothing fancy just coastal hay. I also feed them twice a day, but the hay is to offset the grass being gone.
    If you have the field cross fenced over seed the one field let them stay on it till you see the oats starting to grow then take them off for a few weeks and keep them on the other pasture with a roll of hay. You can then put them on the overseeded pasture a little at a time.
    Sorry but the grass may not be completely brown in the winter but its not growing and its not enough for them you have to have something else for them.

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