Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
I have an Arab (darling boy) who does NOT hold his weight well. We are finally getting it under control, and he's close to weight now. But he won't eat any hay except alfalfa. I mean, literally, if I feed him something else, he will not eat at all for at least 3 or 4 days, and then he'll pick at it, but won't clean it up. If I feed him some alfalfa and some of something else, he'll eat only the alfalfa and leave the rest. So here's the question. In order for him to maintain weight in winter, he needs about 4 flakes a day (our flakes weigh 4-5 pounds) along with 5 pounds of complete feed and 2.5 lbs of beet pulp. Is this too much alfalfa? Can it cause some sort of health problems? Is there something else I should try?
In the summer, it seems he needs about 2 flakes a day and a bit less complete feed as well (we have large pastures, he just spends more time active and less time grazing than our other horses). I just want to make sure that in the struggle to keep him at a decent weight, we're not causing some other issue that will shorten his life.....