Great post Nohorse!
I feed a mix of mostly alfalfa with free choice grass hay to my legitly hot Arab mare (she's basically a good girl, she just needs LOTS of focused exercise to keep her relatively under control) and I actually find that she's less hot on the alfalfa than she is on straight grass hay!
When I first started Lacey on alfalfa (last November, before she had been on a strictly grass hay diet) I was super scared that she was either going to become horrifically obese or that she was gonna go crazy but she didn't do either of those things. I've actually noticed that she's keeping muscle on a lot better and she seems calmer (well, still energetic but in a more focused, containable way). I'm not sure how much of all that is due to the alfalfa but I feel like the alfalfa played a part. So far, *crosses fingers*, I don't have anything negative to say about alfalfa. :)
She is 26, but according to her, she's 26 going on 2.5 so I wouldn't exactly call her geriatric... Haha!
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Last edited by Wallaby; 02-27-2011 at 12:41 AM.