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post #11 of 21 Old 04-28-2012, 09:45 AM
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You can soak them, you can give them straight from the bag.

However if you give them from the bag, break them up a bit. Some of them do clump together rather large and will be a choking hazard (this sounds like the back of a toy packaging.)

At the barn I used to work at, we would use alfalfa cubes as treats (breaking them down into less than 1 inch pieces thick.. usually 2cm) and we never had any cases of choking.

When the broodmare was in her last trimester (sp?) she got soaked alfalfa cubes with her grain.

So you can do it both ways, just be sensible about it (which I'm sure that you are )

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post #12 of 21 Old 04-28-2012, 01:14 PM
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Thanks! I've never seen cubes of hay before, I guess. The pellets I feed are smaller than my little finger.

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post #13 of 21 Old 04-28-2012, 02:10 PM
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the horses on kalua ranch in Hawaii are fed bags full of those cubes. Basically just dumped out in a 20 or 30 foot long trough. Any hay they get would have to be shipped in, so as you can see compressed cubes is alot cheaper and easier to ship. Evidently the grass isnt any good there according to the guides. So pretty much all they get is cubes.
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Hi Joe4d, I also suffer HI's prices.
I'd like to feed hay but I hate seeing even a single wisp go to waste.

My little horse WON'T EAT soaked cubes. Which is just as well, I think, because we sometimes get bunny-parts in the cubes, and I think it would ruin the whole batch if it was soaked. They can --and do- simply toss the furry cube away without a problem when it's dry.
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A trainer that I worked for fed cubes, they came once a month in a semi truck/trailer with a shaker floor to unload them in a barn made to house them. Never had a problem with them. They were a good quality cube. I have fed them to my horses, the only issue I had with with the bagged cubes that came from TSC was I had to really inspect them for baling twine that was pressed into the cube. I got tired of that and bought Standlee brand, they were of higher quality. No issues, I don't soak them or break them up.

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post #16 of 21 Old 05-15-2012, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback. I didn't think anything about feeding them to her when broken in small pieces but the BO was questioning it so I wanted to ask ya'll.
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post #17 of 21 Old 05-15-2012, 03:51 PM
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I was buying some Alfalfa cubes or pellets, and mixing with Timothy pellets, to give my horse something besides the grass in the pasture. Last time I noticed thye had an Alfalfa/Timothy mini cube. It's about 1" square. When I'd mix the big cubes and pellets, horse would nose thru the pellets to get to the cubes and eat them first. Both horses seem to love them, no problem eating them, one horse is 5, the other is 17.

Which reminds me, I need to get more on the way home!
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post #18 of 21 Old 05-15-2012, 04:17 PM
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Soak them first, especially for older horses. 5 minutes is enough. They're fine to feed, and there is less chance of choking with them than there is with beet pulp bc they are chopped hay which is compressed, so they fall apart when wet. Beet pulp is a lot like dry beef jerky for people.
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post #19 of 21 Old 05-15-2012, 09:04 PM
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I personally prefer Alfalfa Pellets vs Cubes...horses ate them better then the cubes.

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post #20 of 21 Old 05-15-2012, 09:08 PM
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When my horses are in the paddocks, they play the "search for alfalfa cubes" game. I hide the cubes around the paddock, gives them something to do, like grazing.
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