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    11-01-2010, 11:40 AM
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The problem is most of our hay sales are high in alfalfa and my horses don't do well with that.
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    11-01-2010, 11:42 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Poco1220    
The problem is most of our hay sales are high in alfalfa and my horses don't do well with that.
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Same here that is why I try to buy my hay early to get the best selection.
     
    11-01-2010, 11:46 AM
  #13
Started
They will be grained all winter as well so Im hoping this hay will be good enough.
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    11-01-2010, 12:29 PM
  #14
Foal
A horse will eat 2-3% of bodyweight in hay a day. So 20-30 lbs of good hay per horse. Depending on size, and how easy of a keeper. I always over estimate, and make sure I have extra. We have 2 and 3 string balse.
     
    11-01-2010, 12:51 PM
  #15
Weanling
Question concerning pelleted/chopped hay..
My horse is boarded in eastern Missouri(st.Louis..close to Illinois so I found it semi relevant). He's boarded and gets 4 flakes of hay a day. The barn owner wants to charge $4 a bale to get extra hay..yikes. Especially when it isn't the eat quality of hay to begin with. My horse gets 1scoop barn grain mixture and 1/2 scoop pelleted alfalfa(which we buy to supplement the sub par hay) 2x a day plus the 4flakes total.
With winter coming on(and it gets frigid) is giving alfalfa pellets/chopped hay helpful concerning adding extra hay in winter. I guess what my question boiled down to is by adding the pellets does it raise his core temperature similar to if he were eating normal hay.
He's a slow hay eater and usually turns it into bedding then messes on it so it gets tossed. Thus we added hay to his feeding that he CAN'T play with and mess on.
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    11-01-2010, 02:09 PM
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Green Broke
The pellets won't help. The horse digesting the longs tem fiber is what keeps them warm. Cubes or chopped hay would be better. I soak cubes as I've had a couple horses choke on them dry. Feed 3-5 lbs of alfalfa cubes or chopped hay to supplement not so great hay.
     
    11-01-2010, 06:35 PM
  #17
Weanling
Thanks! That answers my question. I can't do cubes... I'm not the one who feeds and having to soak them would be a pain and probably not done.. I'll switch back to the chopped hay then! Thank you!
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