05-26-2012, 12:25 AM
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I agree, I would use pellets more for an addition to their regular diet of hay/cubes to help gain weight. Hay and hay cubes have whats called "long stem" fiber which not only gives the fiber a horse needs, but it satisfies their need to chew and it takes longer to digest. The hay in cubes is chopped up to be an inch or so long, whereas hay pellets are much like a healthy type of grain really, with finely chopped hay- a bit like comparing flaked parsley verse a leaf of parsley. Pellets help gain and maintain weight but never should replace hay/cubes itself.
However, since you would use it instead of alfalfa hay, not as an addition to their diet to help with weight, I would go either with soaked cubes or stick with the hay.