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  • Horse cant tolerate alfalfa
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    02-06-2009, 02:30 PM
The horse I have that can't tolerate it is a QH ... it is a allergy
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    02-06-2009, 02:46 PM
We tried to stay away from alfalfa when our horses were younger because it made them a pain in the butt to ride due to the extra energy they'd get. I would definitely not give it to horses you are trying to train because that would be insane! Also, it can give them diarrhea or loose stool if they aren't used to it because it is so rich and their bodies aren't used to it. I know it gave some horses the runs at the stable where I keep my horse.
    02-06-2009, 03:09 PM
I was thinking as I was having lunch. I think I'd be more than a little PO'd at the husband. That's a heck on a change in food from grass to 100% alfalfa.... lucky no one had tummy turmoil.
    02-06-2009, 03:53 PM
Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
I was thinking as I was having lunch. I think I'd be more than a little PO'd at the husband. That's a heck on a change in food from grass to 100% alfalfa.... lucky no one had tummy turmoil.
Definitely. I'd be pretty ticked off. Someone mentioned that their QH has an allergy to alfalfa, I know a few that do as well and it isn't exactly uncommon. I can understand throwing a supplemental flake or two to a horse that needs it but an entire round bale to a whole herd seems a bit much. Not to mention the added cost.
    02-06-2009, 06:34 PM
Actually, there was tummy turmoil right after the time they must have changed the bale. I had no idea at the time of the cause, but it cleared up in a few days--must have been his system adjusted. I'm kicking myself for not asking at the time if there had been a change in diet. This has been a learning situation all around.
    02-07-2009, 09:41 PM
One day my daughter's horse was lethargic, extremely sleepy. I took his temp. It was fine. We noticed his tummy was tight. I called the vet and they said he would probably be fine but he would stop by on his way home. In the mean time I walked him for an hour even though they say walking does nothing for colic. He had lots of gas as I walked him. All of a sudden he completely perked up and was fine from then on. Called the vet and cancelled his visit. Turns out there was a mix up in communication and he had gotten two flakes of alfalfa instead of his usual one. That was all it took to give him a belly ache. I felt very guilty also about that "live and learn" experience. Now I am the only one to pass out the alfalfa!
    02-08-2009, 09:48 AM
related question

A related question if anyone is still out there... The hay bale has been switched to pure grass hay for a few days now, but he still feels like he's somewhat over alert and not completely back to his old self. How long does it take to "come down" from something like this?
    02-08-2009, 10:08 AM
When I screwed up and mine got too much it took about a week for all signs to go away ...

What else is he eating?? Does your feed have any alfalfa meal in it??
    02-08-2009, 03:48 PM
Thanks, Peggysue

He gets one cup of Equine Senior (Purina) a day, purely as a vehicle for his supplements, Omega Horseshine and Dumor Joint. After this happened with the alfalfa overload I even took him off the Horseshine, intending to add it back in after he calms down. I've ordered a bag of Kent Horsego ration balancer to experiment with, but I'm wondering whether soybeans are a natural diet for horses...have heard varying reports. For now, I'm figuring, maybe wrongly, that one cup of any feed will probably not have all that much effect on a 1200 lb horse. What do you think? (He is obviously an easy-keeper, unusual in the TBs I've known)
    02-08-2009, 04:00 PM
My horses have done great on Kent's Horsego32 LOVE the stuff and you will probably be able to get by with no other supplements except joint stuff...

Are soybeans natural ... hmmm prob not many growing in the wild BUT the research has proved that the protien and other nutrition in them is GREAT!!

Chances are you are already feeding soybean meal and don't realize it LOL

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