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post #11 of 13 Old 02-26-2013, 02:24 PM
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How much depends on why you are feeding them. I use it to supplement my hay since we have that whole no rain, no hay thing going on in Texas. So for example if you usually feed 20 lbs of hay, you would feed 20 lbs (dry) of cubes. I do half and half usually. If its just for treats or a snack it really doesnt matter. If you're using it as a powder supplement carrier then really you just need enough to support the amount of powder you're giving.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-26-2013, 03:14 PM
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My mom used rescue remedy for psycho parrots and macaws. Usually those that plucked themselves would get a drop in their water and it calmed them right down, so they'd stop self mutilating. So the only use I know is as a sort of easy tranquilizer.
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-27-2013, 05:50 PM
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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...
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