I am switching because they do not offer the Triple Crown Low Starch feed in the town I moved to. I have read that alfalfa is naturally low starch/low sugar so I figure that is my best choice for a horse with laminitic tendencies. I know that he could get obese easily on alfalfa because of the high protein so I need to be very exact about the quantity I feed.
I will be taking away his grain completely (except for the beet pulp). So how much and how often should I feed alfalfa? I've actually never fed alfalfa before.
I plan on switching him over the course of about 3 weeks...haven't figured out how to cut the flakes to smaller sizes so that he can start eating them on a gradual basis.
I've heard that he should get his alfalfa flake in the morning so that the protein levels will be there for energy for his work-out?
Other parts of his diet include...grass hay twice a day...sometimes with a small lunch snack of grass hay too...and beet pulp twice a day.
So sample diet:
Morning feed- flake of grass hay (5 lb.), flake of alfalfa (10 lb?), beet pulp
Lunch feed- flake of grass hay (5 lb)
Night feed- flake of grass hay (5 lb), beet pulp
What do you think?
Also he is in a bare lot right now...no pasture