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post #1 of 6 Old 10-27-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Chopped Alfalfa

I was wondering what everyone thought about chopped alfalfa? I accidentally bought some thinking it was just a wrapped bale. At first I was disappointed, but it's actually pretty convenient since I can mix it into grain rations, although I think I'd rather have long stemmed when the horses start staying in more so that it takes them longer to eat. At the moment though, the weather is holding and they're on pasture except when they come in to eat, and it is significantly cheaper without sacrificing any quality.

Anyone have any thoughts or experiences with it?

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For stretching a hardfeed meal, or make an easy keeper think he's getting something, it's excellent. Also to add safe calories. I wouldn't feed it as only roughage, tho. As you said, long stem hay to keep them busy and the stomach full.
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I add chopped alfalfa blend (has some other stuff there too) to my horse's hard feed to slow his eating time, and of course to add cool calories. Hopefully he soon can be weaned off all of that when the weight gain is satisfactory..
Then again it is not really hard feed - its soaked pellets, but mixing with alfalfa helps him eat slower and enjoy it more
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I bought some last year to try and although my lot woof down the alfalfa pellets they weren't really that keen on the chopped alfalfa
I buy Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage - they love that
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It is useful for my cob mare who only gets a tiny bit of feed, just bulks up her food and makes her feel like she is getting more!
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-02-2013, 09:20 AM
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Chopped feed would work better in one of those long troughs so it's well spread out. The horse would nibble at it rather than take in a large mouthful. Horses seem to prefer this method as nibbling is natural to them.
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