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    01-29-2011, 01:06 PM
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Whats better alfalfa pellets or cubes?

I've been giving my 30ish year old gelding soaked alfalfa pellets, i'm almost out so i'm going to TSC to by more today, but before I do, i'm wondering if I should stick with the pellets or get cubes, he is missing all but 4 of his bottom molars, so he cannot chew well and he gets a mash of senior,beet pulp, alfalfa pellets and rice bran, I soak it in warm water for about 20 minutes to get it nice and mushy for him....pellets are so much easier to use, but if cubes would be better for him I will get those instead
     
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    01-29-2011, 09:29 PM
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Since you are using them for forage I would go with the cubes it's more of a long stemmed fiber
     
    01-29-2011, 09:31 PM
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Cubes, definetly. My horse is 8 years old, and literally has the worst time getting weight on. I put him on alfalfa cubes. We have a corner feeder in his stall, and pour a whole 50 pound bag in it, and he eats what he wants. He has literally gained almost 250 pounds. Cubes!!
     
    01-29-2011, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Peggysue    
since you are using them for forage I would go with the cubes it's more of a long stemmed fiber
actually I'm using them to help him gain weight, he eats Timothy hay and does pretty well with it despite his lack of teeth, we throw a few flakes out throughout the day for him and the others, between them(him 2 other horses and a donkey) they usually eat 1-2 bales a day, Blue is the herd leader so I don't have to worry about him being chased away from the hay so he gets as much as he wants
     
    01-29-2011, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by justjump    
Cubes, definetly. My horse is 8 years old, and literally has the worst time getting weight on. I put him on alfalfa cubes. We have a corner feeder in his stall, and pour a whole 50 pound bag in it, and he eats what he wants. He has literally gained almost 250 pounds. Cubes!!
I wish I could do that, but the cubes are too hard and he needs them soaked, and even if they weren't he gets board with the cubes and ends up leaving them and the others eat them(i had him on timothy/alfalfa cubes before)
     
    01-29-2011, 10:00 PM
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Green Broke
Soaked pellets are easier to chew. Maybe try both?
     
    01-29-2011, 10:08 PM
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If you are using them for extra calories and NOT forage then I use pellets

If you are unsure about how much hay is is actually digesting then go with cubes

Nutritionally they are pretty much the same ...
     
    01-30-2011, 01:59 PM
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You'll need to soak the cubes a lot longer for him than the pellets before they'll be ready for him to eat
     
    01-30-2011, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Peggysue    
if you are using them for extra calories and NOT forage then I use pellets

If you are unsure about how much hay is is actually digesting then go with cubes

Nutritionally they are pretty much the same ...
I'm not sure exactly how much he is eating, but when there is hay out(i try to have it out 24/7 even tho sometimes they are without it a few hours) I always see him digging into it, I think I read somewhere that beet pulp can he used as forage, which he gets about 2-3/3quart scoops in his food so even if he is not eating a lot of hay would that be enough to help his digestion

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Originally Posted by qtrhrsecrazy    
You'll need to soak the cubes a lot longer for him than the pellets before they'll be ready for him to eat
thats good to know, I would actually think by looking at them that they would soak faster

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Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
soaked pellets are easier to chew. Maybe try both?
easier to chew if a plus, i'm glad that he loves his mushy stuff, i've heard of some horses that won't touch their grain if soaked, I was worried about that when I first started soaking it, he was probably just glad to be able to eat it, poor guy, I felt so bad when I would out he had lost so many teeth
     
    01-30-2011, 03:31 PM
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He can have approx 40% of his forage in beet pulp ...so approx 6 to 8lsb max when I fed the shreds 3 qts was alittle over 1lb ...

I think with his age I would soak the cubes regardless of what you are using them for...but weigh them so you know how much he is getting
     

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