Originally Posted by bsms
of healthy, long-lived horses in southern Arizona, virtually all of which have no access to pasture and most of which eat some amount of alfalfa, certainly DOES indicate that eating alfalfa or not having pasture is not harmful to horses.
Well I'd want more than anecdotal stuff to make any hard & fast judgement, especially a judgement that opposes so much anecdotal & other evidence. But again IMO the article/major problems seem to be about feeding alfalfa solely
, not as part
of a balanced ration, or in appropriate amounts. And no one to my knowledge ever suggested lack of pasture was harmful, but while yes, feeding grain & such is more problematic, there is plenty of evidence to show that allowing horses to go hungry for long periods is indeed harmful.
Like most mammals, horses adapt. And in fact, most horses are the result of my years of selective breeding, including the ability to live on infrequent meals.
Utter phooeyness! For one, to my knowledge, no one breeds for adaptability of diet & infrequent feeding. If it were true, why are so many problems endemic & due to diet & management that they should have 'adapted' to... or by the sounds of it, you think they should have evolved for.
There is nothing even remotely natural about the American diet, yet we are living much longer and staying in reasonable health much longer than our ancestors.
Um, then you may be shocked to learn that it seems, with Western lifestyles & diets, humans too are suffering the ill effects & actually on the whole, the most recent generations aren't expected to live as long as their parents. There are bizarre 'diseases' that you may not have heard of, called type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Cushings, etc that aren't a rarity these days & there's a distinct possibility they could even be related to diet.