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    04-15-2013, 12:48 PM
  #11
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^ Ok, those things are awesome O_o I'm going to have to show that to BO. We use slow feeder nets, but we have to replace them every few months because the horses destroy them and they become dangerous.

OP, if you have access to a TSC, Standlee brand has some pretty good pellets that I'm using for my foster filly right now. They have pure alfalfa, alfalfa/timothy, timonthy, and oat hay/costal available, at least in my area. I use the alfalfa/timonthy for her and I've been impressed so far. They smell great and come at a 40/60% ratio, I think. I'm paying $12.99 for a 40 lb bag and feeding her 4 lbs (equal to a flake) of it daily along with 20 lbs of jiggs costal hay which is working well. The only down side is that some of the pellets are pretty big, so if you have a horse that tends to gulp at it's food, you might want to break some of them. Make sure that you soak them as well.
     
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    04-20-2013, 03:10 AM
  #12
Trained
Interesting, I have never seen timothy pellets.
Op, good alfalfa pellets (e.g., laken lite) are generally better than cubes IMO because they are enhanced and the quality is consistant. If I were feeding high quality timothy and trying to stretch it by supplementing it, I would start w around 3/4 or so weight of pellets to "replacement" pound of timothy and watch their weight and add or subtract as necessary. But, beware, some horses thumb their noses at the pellets when first introduced in their trough. I just hand feed it like it a real special "treat" several times until they acquire a taste for them.
     
    04-20-2013, 08:47 AM
  #13
Weanling
Thanks,

I'm having good luck with the alfalfa- they absolutely love it and I've cut their hay back, as well as started using those slow feeder nets. Hopefully my hay will last! I think it will lol

On a side note, I first put out those slow feeder nets and my younger horse, age 6 and very obstinate, tried tearing it apart and had a huge fit! He ran around so angry that he couldn't just chow down on his hay lmao while the other two just watched him with a look that said 'what's his problem?' He did finally calm down and get over himself haha. A good lesson in patience for my youngster :)
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    04-20-2013, 11:01 AM
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Trained
He will become the master of all haynets, just watch
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