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post #1 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding hay cubes....

What's the best way to feed hay cubes? I'm planning on giving my guy some extra (alph alpha/grass mix) and I've never fed them before (we don't use cubes in NZ!!) what's the best way to feed them?
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 10:07 PM
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I have fed them & I generally feed them just like they come out of bag I also have known people that soak them or mix them in with beet pulp mash.Mine prefer them straight up I also find my horses like the cubes but not as fond of the alfalfa pellets. Also i've only fed the Alfa Tec brand most common around here!!
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-26-2013, 01:55 AM
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I've fed them dry and soaked. The people who soak are generally worried about choke, which might be an issue if your horse bolts feed. However, if you're trying to put weight on, your horse doesn't drink enough, or your horse has dental problems, soaking would be the way to go.

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I am a soaker. Weigh out a pound of cubes in a decent sized container. Cover them with water. Come back in 15 minutes and cover them with water again.

Look at how they expand after water has touched them.

That's partly why I soak them - I don't want the digestive system to have to do that.

The other two reasons I soak them clear down to mush:

1. My two mid-20's fellas have molar issues, one has four of them missing

2. Choke.

That all being said, don't soak them longer than 20 minutes in the heat as they honestly could start to ferment.

I soak them at the house, so I don't have to worry about running right on schedule to feed. My horses know they're getting breakfast and supper, they're just not sure what part of the hour

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I've fed them dry and soaked as well. I originally started buying them to use in an Amazing Graze treat dispenser a friend had lent me. That's how I discovered my horse's passion for alfalfa cubes After I gave the treat dispenser back I played around with feeding the cubes in his feed bucket, sometimes soaked, sometimes dry. I also had to break them down a little smaller for the treat dispenser (some of those cubes are really big and HARD!), but started getting a little lazy about doing that so I switched to buying pellets instead (which I usually feed dry, but feed them soaked every once in a while). He seems to like those just as much and they're a little easier for me to work with than the cubes.
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After having a horse choke on pellets, always soaked in this barn. I'm not too fond of cubes unless I can break them apart easily. If not, soaking is in order, IF I even get cubes( pellets soak much faster).
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post #7 of 18 Old 05-28-2013, 06:32 PM
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I used to feed the barn horses cubed hay. For the pregnant mare it was soaked. For the general horse it was broken into decent chunks and fed dry.

If you are worried about dust, best to soak.

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In the winter months, I place them all around the paddocks so the horses have to forage, keeps them busy. Only time I feed cubes and I don't soak, harder to distribute around the pen.
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post #9 of 18 Old 05-28-2013, 07:36 PM
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The Cubes I feed Break up pretty easy,The pellets are harder,Hence why the horses prefer the cubes over the pellets.
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post #10 of 18 Old 05-28-2013, 08:26 PM
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I soak mine. I have a mare that I don't give ANY grain, just vitamin concentrate, so I soak some hay cubes so she gets 'something' in her bin that takes as long to eat as the hard keeper, but is basically just wet hay (somehow it is just more scrumptious than regular hay!).
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