Alfalfa is very high in protein (say hot) for some horses.
I used to be a pretty rough trail rider and my vet in those days told me that I "couldn't work my horses hard enough to use up the protein in a flake of alfalfa the same size as a flake of grass hay".
All four of my horses are on Omega-3 horseshine and are laid back, but their diet staple is pelleted rice bran. However, that doesn't mean there aren't exceptions to the Rule out there
Also an interesting FYI: Imagine how suprised I was when I learned the "A.D.D." horse that I've owned for 12+ years was that way because he had a slight intolerance to the sugars & starches in oats & corn.
Would've never known that if I hadn't switched everyone's diets because of my metabolic horse