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  • Is it ok to feed alfalfa cubes to horses without soaking?
  • Mini horses alfalfa cubes soaking

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    05-28-2013, 08:34 PM
  #11
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    06-01-2013, 09:48 PM
  #12
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I soak. I went out and bought one bag of Alfalfa pellets and one bag of Alfalfa cubes. I literally broke one cube into 3 pieces, fed it to Casey, and she choked. Later I also feed 3 pellets dry and she choked. -face palm-

I am careful to soak all beet pulp and cubes/pellets for Casey now! She doesn't bolt her food, she just tends to choke. She has choked a couple times before. You have to be careful if your horse has choked before, choking can scar tissue so horses tend to be more likely to choke after they have choked once. That being said, I have a friend who has fed 5 horses age 3-30 for 20+ years unsoaked hay cubes with no problem.
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    06-03-2013, 03:11 PM
  #13
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Ok, so how long should I soak them for? What's a safe time frame?
     
    06-03-2013, 03:16 PM
  #14
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I feed alfalfa/oat hay cubes and I absolutely LOVE them!!! Even just adding 2# a day to some of my horses feeds made a world of difference. I do soak mine for pretty much to eliminate the choking hazard. We have a 26yo that doesnt have good teeth and then the second horse that gets them is a severe choke hazard. (He chokes on everything but pasture). By soaking them I don't have to worry about them getting choked. I would love to feed some without having to soak them but I don't want those two guys to get a hold of someone elses and get choked.

I add hot water to mine and in 30 minutes they are completely broken apart.
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    06-03-2013, 03:29 PM
  #15
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I tried them and hated them.
I have a horse that chokes for something to do and they look like a real hazard and not at all inviting - like eating me dry shredded wheat - so I soaked them - that didn't go well as after hours in water they still didn't seem the consistency I wanted and after more hours and more water they were sloppy mush that none of them wanted to eat
I feed Triple Crown safe starch forage which I always damp slightly in the same way as feeding plain chaff/chop.
Its far less hassle
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    06-04-2013, 06:25 PM
  #16
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You can get away with two hours with cold water if you break the cubes into smaller pieces, but otherwise I would soak them for 6-12 hours. I wouldn't soak them for more than 8 hours when it is very hot out, they could spoil.
     
    06-04-2013, 06:47 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Ok, so how long should I soak them for? What's a safe time frame?
I soak them enough that they aren't a choking risk. Depends on the volume. If it's not a whole bunch then an hour with cold water is fine.
I'd soak only what you are just about to feed. Soak before you ride, feed after would be fine.
     
    06-04-2013, 07:14 PM
  #18
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Ok thanks! You're all so helpful appreciate it
     

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