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    12-16-2011, 11:06 PM
  #21
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by loosie    
It's not just metabolic issues - I think that would probably take a while to surface from that sort of feeding. Horses are 'trickle feeders' and their GI tract is designed to have small amounts going through it near constantly. Unlike our stomach, for eg, which is built more for infrequent meals and releases stomach acids when we eat, gastric juices are flowing through the horse's stomach constantly. Without constant food to digest and without the 'buffer' of saliva from long fibrous feed that requires a fair bit of chewing, stomach acid is free to cause damage to gut lining, ulcers and colic. That is one reason racehorses and other intensively kept and fed horses so commonly suffer these problems... & windsucking that goes with them. Laminitis is another potential which can come from toxins in the blood that leak from the damaged GI tract.

Alfalfa is generally a pretty good feed for horses *as part of a balanced diet*. It is very high in calcium, protein & a range of other nutrients, which can lead to problems when fed too much. Upon nutritionists advice I wouldn't feed more than about 1/3 of a horse's ration in alfalfa/lucerne, to 2/3 hay.
Wow, I guess then that it's some kind of major miracle that the 95% of horses in Orange County and the Los Angeles area NEVER have problems.... Because they are ALL fed either alfalfa cubes or pellets and have been fed that way since the 70's...
     
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    12-17-2011, 06:49 PM
  #22
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
Wow, I guess then that it's some kind of major miracle that the 95% of horses in Orange County and the Los Angeles area NEVER have problems.... Because they are ALL fed either alfalfa cubes or pellets and have been fed that way since the 70's...
Solely on alfalfa? What happened to the 5%? 95% perfectly healthy without ever any sniff of less than 100% health?

But more seriously, yeah, I think nutritional imbalances can often be mild, not usually major health issues, and can go unnoticed or unrecognised, as they do in humans. But I'm no nutritionist at all, & can't explain this in detail. Based on what I do know of nutrition & health tho, I believe it's a good move to feed a well balanced diet wherever possible & not disregard imbalances.
     
    12-17-2011, 07:58 PM
  #23
Green Broke
I said 95% of the horse population in those areas were fed the cubes or pellet version instead of hay. They are the same thing, it gets chewed up and by the time it hits the horses stomach it is the same. Just because you compress it into a cube or pellet doesn't mean it is no longer the same content. I'm not sure why you are thinking that it is no longer hay.

If you compress your dirty laundry into your washer, the clothes and amount of them doesn't change just because they are tighter together. Same concept!
     
    12-18-2011, 01:24 AM
  #24
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
I said 95% of the horse population in those areas were fed the cubes or pellet version instead of hay.
Oh, I thought you said 95% didn't have any problems & they all lived solely on alfalfa.

Yeah, I think the cubes are similar to feeding chaff - they do provide some 'chew', but perhaps not as much as long stems(don't know about the effective difference there). Perhaps 'pellets' mean something different where you are, but over here, I only know of lucerne pellets that are similar in size to the pellets in commercial feeds, for eg. I'm not sure they are straight, or at least quality lucerne - more likely the sweepings, that they can't sell as more expensive hay/chaff and they don't take much chewing either - add a bit of water & you've got a mush. There is often no quality standard feed manufacturers have to work to, often it's about cheap byproducts, so it's not like compressing dirty laundry at all... You wouldn't want to 'wear' the uncompressed versions either! Think it was Nutrina & Purina(are they both the same 'rose' by other names??) senior food that I looked into(don't quote me on that) & found one of the main ingredients in both is peanut hulls, for eg!

But anyway, it was not the pellets that concerned me so much, as horses being fed 2 square meals a day & going hungry for the rest of the time. They're not predators & not built for 'feast or famine' eating.
     

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