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    10-25-2011, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
But don't be afraid to feed straight alfalfa. Those of us in the southwest do it all the time.
Thank you!!! Youd be shocked how many people feed just alfalfa. We only add other hays for variety and bulk. Alfalfa is not evil I promise.
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    11-01-2011, 03:11 AM
I have to agree My TBs do gret on it :)

I was raised in Oklahoma and we always fed our horses Alfalfa and maybe one big coffee can of sweet-feed a day just to keep then coming up to the barn every night. Mostly so that we could check on everybody. We raises about 20 years worth of champion show Arabian horses on Alfalfa and whatever they could scrounge up on our 80 acres. Our horses loved it and seemed to do well on it. I only remember one horse EVER dying on our property and that one got hit by a train. (ran through a fence).
    11-02-2011, 12:58 AM
Mine are all fed lucerne (alfalfa - I'm Aussie!) with no problems what so ever. It is a fabulous source of calcium and is also brilliant for a horse's gut. Also fantastic for 'cool' weight gain.
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    11-04-2011, 07:45 PM
We've always fed alfalfa with no problems. Very few people around here feed grass hay. There is hay with some grass in it here and there but not consistent enough for us to use it. We prefer to stick to one thing and not change their rations too much.
    11-04-2011, 08:21 PM
Agree with the others that say feeding the alfalfa will be absolutely no problem unless one of your horses has a sensitivity to it. We've been feeding primarily alfalfa hay to all our horses for decades and have yet to have a problem with it. The only thing that could even be considered remotely close to a problem is that they tend to get fat if they are given too much and don't get enough work LOL.

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