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        11-11-2011, 02:28 PM
      #11
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    I wouldn't feed plain Alfalfa, I would be worried about the Calcium to Phosphorous ratio. You would need to talk to your vet about it, and see what nutrient supplement you need to feed to make up for some nutrient imbalance.

    If you did feed mostly Alfalfa, you really need to watch their weight, especially the Draft.
         
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        11-11-2011, 08:20 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks.

    I've talked to a few people today who said the same thing about the Alfalfa hay.

    The guy who put our fence up told us we could free feed Alfalfa and it sounded a little weird so I wanted to make sure.

    I have a call into the Vet for Monday to ask what he feels is the best feed for our climate and horses. Everyone has a different opinion.
         
        11-11-2011, 08:41 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    But, I'd love to know where around here you can get a round of alfalfa cheap, I'd love to buy one to put in the barn to feed off of.
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        11-11-2011, 09:03 PM
      #14
    Foal
    If the deal works out, I'll be happy to share. There's a tractor trailer load heading to Texas and we may be able to buy the entire truck load so they don't have to make the trip.

    Our hay is going to go up drastically soon. They're shipping it to Texas daily because of the drought. I'm sure you've seen the trucks on Hwy. 25 loaded with hay.
         
        11-11-2011, 09:36 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Oh yeah, luckily the lady we buy from would rather sell local and out of the field. I buy from Michelle up past the fair grounds. I'd love to be in on it for sure!! We live right off of 25 by the bank, horses are out at inlaws.
    We have grass hay in the barn through the winter.
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        11-11-2011, 11:14 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I recently moved my herd of 4 horses to a 6 acres of pasture grass. I feed eveyone Purina Enrich 32. #1 is an arabian #2 is a paint #3 is a half arabian and quarter horse yearling and #4 is mustang yearling. I pay $25.50 a bag but I only feed 1 lb a day to 1 and 2. The yearlings get 2 lbs a day. I feed coastal hay and with the drought I pay $10.00 a bale. Everyone gets 10lbs a day plus the adults get 5lbs of timothy/alfalfa pellets at $11.49 for a 40lbs sold at TCS. The yearlings get 5lbs of alfalfa cubes at $11.00 for 50lbs also from TCS. I am not sure the quality of the pasture so I don't count on it being the sole forage, but it does give them grazing time. My plan was to feed coastal round bales, but the price went up to $130+ and the size of the bales appeared smaller than normal. I try to feed more forage before I add grain.
         
        11-11-2011, 11:22 PM
      #17
    Foal
    We're off Bennett Bridge.

    Hobbyhorse, we see so many trucks loaded with hay and they're all heading to Texas. We're being told our hay prices are going up drastically in the next month or so because we'll have a shortage.

    Good luck on getting enough to keep ya'll through the winter.
         
        11-12-2011, 04:04 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Thanks knty. It's times like these I am glad we have short winters.
         
        11-12-2011, 07:31 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    That barb wire in the pictures made me cringe, Id be more worried about that than they type of hay.
         
        11-12-2011, 09:36 AM
      #20
    Foal
    I hate the barbed wire. It's not our place so we didn't have any choice. Believe me, I lost a lot of sleep at first worrying about that wire. Our pasture is fenced with "V" horse wire and non-climb.
         

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