Interesting article. I have next to no knowledge about enteroliths. I wonder whether it is something about the excessive calcium causing the magnesium to bind up in such a way... Cherie also recently had some interesting information on problems associated with excess protein, be that from lucerne or otherwise. Was in a thread on colic.
I think it's a case of everything in moderation & understanding the importance of a balanced diet. The article is talking of feeding it straight, I take that to mean as the sole forage.
Originally Posted by bsms
The only problem with the article is a lot of horses live on alfalfa and do fine. And most modern folks live on a diet that is too high in protein, and we digest it fine. Nor do horses need to be constantly eating to avoid colic.
I think you're confusing what is recommended as best practice because it doesn't cause problems, with what you can get by with but is commonly problematic, to some degree or other.
Eg what does 'do fine' mean? That they reliably live into their 30s(if human, hopefully a bit older!) with no health problems that could possibly be attributed to too much protein or other nutrient imbalance? And just because feeding horses infrequent meals rather than little & often doesn't always cause colic, doesn't mean that it is 'safe' & problem free, that it is not a contributor or cause of colic or other gut problems. I think the common evidence far & away outweighs any claims of infrequent feeding to be healthy & problem free.