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post #11 of 54 Old 02-27-2011, 11:09 PM
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My horse is on straight alfalfa. He does have energy, but he's not hot at all! He actually has the perfect amount of energy for what he does. And it's put a lot of weight on him too!
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post #12 of 54 Old 02-28-2011, 11:16 AM
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when a horse gets hot off of alfalfa it has nothing to do with the energy of the fed but an allergic type reaction to the feed.

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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NoHorse is right. I'm also a Utah horse owner and alfalfa is everywhere- I got lucky when my grass hay dealer was nearby. I don't know much about alfalfa, but I heard from a close friend of mine that it can cause flounder and muscular issues... But, on the plus side, I believe that it had nutritional benefits. So I feed both alfalfa and grass, try to get the best of both worlds. My horse is four, so he'll have some hyperactivity just from age and personality alone, but as long as he's not out of control I don't change a thing.

As for hyperactivity, also, I have rarely seen a horse where alfalfa effects their energy in a negative way. I say rarely because I actually never have- but I'm sure some exist out there.

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alfalfa has a Ca:P imbalance which can cause OCD's

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without the added protein of the alfalfa in the hay i feed there is no way my OTTB would be able to maintain weight. it surely doesn't make him hot either. now if i were to add a sweet feed to his daily ration (instead of a pelleted feed) then he's a bit feisty. but the alfalfa alone doesn't make that difference.
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...As for hyperactivity, also, I have rarely seen a horse where alfalfa effects their energy in a negative way. I say rarely because I actually never have- but I'm sure some exist out there.
Mine do. Feed 'em straight bermuda, and they do fine. Add in alfalfa, and they spin up pretty quick - and I can't afford for them to get spun up more! Go back to straight bermuda, and they settle. They love it, but it sure doesn't work for them.
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without the added protein of the alfalfa in the hay i feed there is no way my OTTB would be able to maintain weight. it surely doesn't make him hot either. now if i were to add a sweet feed to his daily ration (instead of a pelleted feed) then he's a bit feisty. but the alfalfa alone doesn't make that difference.

alfalfa has more calories then grass hay that is why it helps with weight
The higher protein helps with muscle growth and development

many pelleted feeds are sweet feeds in disguise

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alfalfa has more calories then grass hay that is why it helps with weight
The higher protein helps with muscle growth and development

many pelleted feeds are sweet feeds in disguise
that's correct. which is why he's fed the orchard grass/alfalfa mix and pelleted fed that he is because, like most responsible horse owners, i asked questions and did the research before i just handed my horse whatever was "hot" at the feed store.
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research sucks and I am addicted to it LMAO

also the added Lysine in alfalfa makes a HUGE difference when feeding grass hay

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My horse is on alfalfa and has put on a bunch of weight! He's also become more fit and better than ever thanks to alfalfa!(:
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