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post #1 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Add alfalfa? or. . .

I get hay from a local farm, it is nice horse safe hay, however I want to add something else in since its kind of bland/not very green stuff.

Should I buy alfalfa and add that with this hay?
I know alfalfa is best in moderation so I was thinking they would each get one flake with there hay at dinner.

Or would it be better to mix in some Timothy or Orchard grass.

(these are the options I get at my local feed stores)

They get nutrena's Empower Balance grain everyday also.

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I would like both of my horses to get a little bit more fat, just a little bit.



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post #2 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 09:23 PM
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What is the actual type of grass in the hay you are feeding? Knowing that is key to knowing what would best compliment it.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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The guy calls it a local mix

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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I know "local mix" isnt that much help, but that is what he calls it. . .

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post #5 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 11:44 PM
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Yes- I would. I am a big fan of Alfalfa when available, especially if you need to add some weight.

You can actually safely go up to 50% of the horses diet of Alfalfa, although some people use it as their horse's only hay, it is not the most balanced in nutrients.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-29-2012, 10:40 PM
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I use alfalfa to keep weight on one of my horses in the summer time. I give a 1/4 of a bale AM and a 1/4 of a bale PM plus i feed empower boost. He also gets grass timothy hay free choice. At that he doesnt stay very fat ribs are still visable i also feed him 2lbs of oats am and pm. He does get riden hard four to five hours a day thats trotting and cantering.
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-30-2012, 09:30 PM
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My horse has very sparse grazing in her pasture, so along with an abundance of hay, (and 1/2 scoop sweet feed 2x's/day), I give her alfalfa cubes soaked 2x's/day as a nutritional supplement - keeps her diet very well balanced. I buy the 'Standlee' brand bags at Tractor Supply, and seems to be the perfect solution!
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-01-2012, 01:14 AM
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down here in olympia, local hay is a timothy orchard hay. I can see the orchard in the picture. I add alfalfa in the winter to keep the weight on my thoroughbreds, helps balance out there diet and gives them extra energy to burn (instead of fat) to keep warm.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-01-2012, 09:27 AM
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I'd go ahead and add some alfalfa to that. We feed a 1/3 alfalfa 2/3 timothy or grass hay mixture and all of our horses do really well on it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-03-2012, 09:28 AM
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Yes, I would also add alfalfa to what your horse is getting.

Typically, in "our" area (southern BC/WA) grass hays are high in sugar/low in protein (best way to find out is to ask your dealer if they get their hay tested). This high sugar/low protein hay is the opposite of what horses need. Alfalfa is a low sugar protein boost, so I wouldn't hesitate to add a flake or 2 every day (and that is a very small amount of alfalfa to give.

Your other option would be to switch to a timothy/alfalfa mix, then you only have to have 1 kind of hay. But regardless of what you feed, it is good to get an analysis of it...and dealers should have that available to their clients, that's why we pay them the big bucks!!
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