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post #11 of 17 Old 12-04-2008, 07:18 PM
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you can feed up to 40% of the forage diet in alfalfa and still use the Essential K ... or you can try to find beet pulp or timothy cubes... the timothy cubes aren't easy to find everywhere I know I can't find anytype of hay cube that is alfalfa free which stinks for me because I have one that can't have alfalfa she goes BONKERS on it ... beet pulp is another good alterative

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-04-2008, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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I know I can get beet pulp shreds and alfalfa cubes from tractor supply or alfalfa pellets or beet pulp pellets from another local mill. I want to lean more towards beet pulp because my horses seem to act like little crack addicts on alfalfa, lol.

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post #13 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 08:11 AM
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go with the shreads as they are closer to long stem fiber then pellets..

I actually have a horse who will throw alfalfa out of his feeder

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Mine all like alfalfa, but then they look like a barn full of crack addicts afterwards, they have the that same look on their face that they would do anything for more. I will go and buy some beet pulp today and then see if she will even eat it...

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post #15 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 02:35 PM
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start with half a cup and build from there... add about twice as much water as beet pulp and watch it BLOW up LOL with my three I was feeding about 3lbs per feeding and had to use a five gallon bucket by the time it was soaked LOL

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 02:58 PM
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I worked at a rescue stable where we fed all the animals mash. Wetting whatever meal plan they were on with hot water and letting it soak for 30 minutes before feeding it out. It kept everyone from the 9 month old Thouroghbred to the 37 year old Standardbred, and the heavily worked belgains happy and wasted nothing. Our only problem was keeping the dogs from stealing bites of it.
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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yea, we have a problem with the two barn cats trying to steal any kind of horse feed, whether it is soaked or not.

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