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    09-17-2011, 10:53 PM
hay alternative

Could hay/alfalfa cubes or pellets be considered a hay alternative?
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    09-17-2011, 10:56 PM
I don't think id replace regular hay with alfalfa. So id have to say no. But some other opinions are needed. I've never had to deal with it.
    09-17-2011, 10:59 PM
I mean if I don't have any hay to feed, what would be an alternative. I don't like feeding alfalfa. Makes my horse hot.
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    09-17-2011, 11:35 PM
They can be used as a hay alternative. Here is a page with information on how to feed alfalfa cubes,

Alfalfa Cubes

Grass cubes work the same way, but can be harder to find.
    09-18-2011, 03:13 AM
Green Broke
Alfalfa is what is fed here. Sometimes grass hay but is expensive! And oat hay is fed. Mainly alfalfa . If your horses are not used to it, introduce it over time.
You may find you do not need to supplement with grain.
    09-18-2011, 05:15 AM
Originally Posted by BarrelWannabe    
Could hay/alfalfa cubes or pellets be considered a hay alternative?
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Yes. One year the hay was horrible here and my two yearlings were fed a combination of cubes (with grass hay and alfalfa mix in them), beet pulp and minerals. They did just fine.

Up here, you can also get hay pellets. Smaller than cubes, they look like rabbit feed.
    09-18-2011, 01:36 PM
If you have a Purina dealer near you, you can get Omolene 400. It's designed to be a complete feed so that you don't need to feed hay. Most Senior feeds are also designed to be complete feeds as well.
    09-18-2011, 02:30 PM
How much a bag does it usually go for? I'm paying $16 for the Purina Omolene 100. Didn't know if the prices would vary.
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    09-18-2011, 02:54 PM
I'm not sure about the alternative side of it, but remember, whatever you feed your horse, make sure he/she has access to the food all the time, otherwise he/she can get very poorly
Good Luck with your search for an alternative
    09-18-2011, 03:29 PM
Green Broke
Alfalfa cubes here , you feed about 10lbs twice a day for an average horse. Be sure the horse can chew properly . Cubes and pellets are hay that is compressed and I would use those over say a complete feed. Be sure the horse has access to salt and water at all times. Sometimes with pellets the horses get piggy and gobble down the pellets and choke, if your horse is a gobbler add large rocks into the feeder to slow it down, and large rocks so it cannot accidently eat them. Again with the alfalfa or an alfalfa mix hay cube you may not need to supplement with anything. Most horses do not need additional feed, hay / water and free choice salt/mineral block is closer to how they were made. Horses are made to eat small amounts all day long. Be sure to put the feed into barrels where they have to eat with the head down in a natural manner.

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