My horse loves
alfalfa cubes. I discovered this by accident when a friend at the barn lent me an Amazing Graze treat dispenser. I initially tried it with carrot chunks, but I'd break up 2 or 3 carrots in there and still find pieces in it days later. It just didn't motivate my horse to kick the dispenser around enough to get them all out. I checked out their website, and it said it was designed for hay cubes, so I went to my local feed store. Alfalfa cubes were cheaper than the timothy cubes, so that's what I got. The change in motivation was amazing- he'd kick it around without stopping until all the alfalfa cubes were gone. By the time I gave it back to my friend he was emptying it within 20 minutes!
I started soaking them recently, not because they have to be soaked, but because I plan on using an "alfalfa mash" to hide my horse's seasonal allergy supplement once he starts needing it and I want him to already be used to getting the mash.
I admit I'm a bit skeptical of a lot of the homeopathic remedies out there. The acupuncturist who comes out to my barn made a believer out of me, at least for acupuncture, though: she made my horse's extreme girthiness all but disappear by putting 2 needles into his coronet bands
(It of course came back pretty much as soon as the needles came out; she was just testing out her theory that his girthiness was actually being caused by heel pain) So who am I to say that "reading" is nonsense?
I'm always a little leery of people who are selling something, though...