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    12-26-2012, 10:04 PM
  #11
Trained
The alfalfa will give him a little extra calcium and protein. He needs it for growth( assuming he'll be a yearling pretty soon). Start him out slow, with just a handful and add more over the course of a couple of weeks. If you get hay, a flake a day should be fine, with pellets, soaked, together with his RB, a pound a meal. Dry weight. The pellets have slightly higher nutrient content than the hay, mainly because they don't waste anything.
I fed my mommas to be, the babies, youngsters, and adults soaked alfalfa, with all necessities, and they were all fine
     
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    12-26-2012, 10:14 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Good to know! I knew the alfalfa would help with calcium, which is what he needs for how growing bones. He's 8 months now, and will be a year old in April :)
     
    12-26-2012, 10:19 PM
  #13
Started
That grain doesn't have the ratio of protein to fat that I like.

Lily is on a 12:10. (Martindale Feed Mill | Premium Cattle Feed Since 1962) Babies need that extra fatty oils. She looks amazing on it, and I only give her half a scoop.

She gets several flakes of coastal, but if we're running out of good coastal we supplement with alfalfa cubes.
     
    12-26-2012, 10:34 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I was previously feeding him some rice bran to help add fat to his diet, but since he's pretty much on stall rest currently I don't want him getting too chunky. His coat is soft and shiny and healthy, as are his hooves so the ration balancer is doing great things for him right now.
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    12-26-2012, 11:09 PM
  #15
Started
Believe it or not, you really don't want him growing TOO quickly- look up all you can about OCD (the joint problem) online. The highest risk factors are genetic predisposition and a too high calorie/fast growth diet. I can't remember if high calcium was a problem or not.

Slow and steady is best. Alfalfa is a great diet, but grass hay is fine too assuming it's good quality (which can be hard to tell without any sort of analysis). For example, the coastal hay I bought this year came in at 15% protein when tested! That's higher than some alfalfas, and more than enough for my guy. Any chance you know anything about the hay you have?
     
    12-26-2012, 11:15 PM
  #16
Trained
It all depends how much of a good thing is still a good thing. Two pounds of alfalfa give him that little extra he still needs, at least until he is a true yearling. Then it can be toned down a bit. OCD comes from high grain rations. And Henny eats grainless
     
    12-26-2012, 11:17 PM
  #17
Green Broke
No I don't know anything nutritionally about the hay. I switch between a coastal hay and a bermuda jiggs hay bug mostly coastal. It's nice and stemmy but also soft enough for him to chew without difficulty.
     
    12-26-2012, 11:21 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Yes, no grain for Henny :) My parents think sweet feed and rolled oats are all a horse needs. Which is why I'm in control of what all the ponies eat LOL
     
    12-26-2012, 11:28 PM
  #19
Trained
Just checked Bermuda. Average 10% crude protein, feedvalue is 85( oats being 100). If I remember right, Coastal is less nutritious. Don't quote me, tho
In case of a youngster, I would rather give alfalfa than ricebran. Alfalfa is lowest in NSC of all forages, and still gives calories, beside protein and calcium. Ricebran is more than twice the NSC.
     
    12-26-2012, 11:31 PM
  #20
Banned
I'm getting confused. I thought coastal hay essentially was bermuda grass. *scratches head*
     

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