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    12-17-2008, 09:39 PM
The alfalfa NORMALLY won't make a horse hot unless they are sensitive to it .. and you will know within a day or two ...
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    12-17-2008, 10:42 PM
He's lookin' good! Nice job.
    12-17-2008, 11:00 PM
OK that is what I thought...

The enrich shouldn't be at that high of level you may be tipping him the other way from too little to too much... back him down on that and increase the rice bran ... try some alfalfa pellets or beet pulp for extra calories...
    12-18-2008, 11:22 AM
Thanks so much. I'll pick up some alfalfa this weekend. I did back him down last night to 2 lbs of the Enrich.
    12-18-2008, 03:51 PM
Green Broke
Alfalfa, just a little, hasn't seemed to make my horses any hotter, and my husband's TBxArab was HIGH AS A KITE on sweet feed... I would buy a bag and try it. Pellets aren't very expensive and easy to find. Or look for alfalfa/bermuda mixed pellets. Hay pellets are a very safe and easy way to get more calories and nutrition into a horse's diet without adding sweet feed or other high energy feeds.

For weight gain, feed 3-5 lbs of the pellets, or 1-2 scoops (2qt scoops) per feeding.

For maintenance, my horses get shredded/chopped pre-bloom alfalfa hay. I feed them 1-2 scoops a day. It's a lot lighter than the pellets though, it comes out to about 1-1.5 lbs a day. That along with 1lb of oats and a vitamin supplement has keep the gelding at a good weight. Since you feed the enrich, you wouldn't need the oats, just the added 1-2 lbs of alfalfa.
    12-18-2008, 04:15 PM
Thanks luvs.

My BO has some alfalfa meal in powder form-should that be sufficient? Her stud turned up his nose at it and now's she switching him to rice bran, so I can just buy it from her and save myself some trouble.

I need to transition this into his diet, I'm sure, not just dump 3 lbs into his feed bin. Meal is probably different than pellets too, in terms of feeding size.
    12-18-2008, 04:19 PM
Weigh it LOL let me pull the stats on the meal ... I am betting about 2 cups per lb but it is all different ...
    12-18-2008, 04:22 PM
OK it is going to take soem digging are you SURE it is alfalfa meal and not soybean meal??
    12-18-2008, 04:53 PM
You know, I'm not sure, but she's been telling me this entire time that she's tried to get her stud on alfalfa. I'll get to see the bag and can get back to you.

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