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    12-26-2012, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
It essentially is. Bermuda jiggs is a tad sweeter in taste, and is thinner and nice and fluffy. Coastal can be pretty stemmy. There is a definite difference in my coastal hay and my bermuda jiggs hay.
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    12-26-2012, 11:42 PM
Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
I'm getting confused. I thought coastal hay essentially was bermuda grass. *scratches head*
you know what, BBB, you could be right lol...maybe that's why there was no analysis

I've never seen it live, dealing with grain hay, orchard timothy and alfalfa only here and being new to the US.....ask me about European hays and I'll shine.....
    12-27-2012, 12:02 AM
Well I'm unsure. I'm use to timothy hay .. but I grew up in Washington State. I'd never heard of coastal until I moved to Florida this year. I had to look it up! LOL With Kayella's post, I'm now assuming there's different types of bermuda grass and the bermuda jiggs is specific type of grass that isn't included in coastal hay. Maybe? LOL
    12-27-2012, 12:11 AM
Green Broke
I'm not so sure haha. In coastal Texas the most common hay is (surprise) coastal hay! Then there's bermuda jiggs hay, then alfalafa. I believe there's different types of jiggs hay, but I'm not too sure.
    12-27-2012, 12:33 AM
Im smart now!
There is Bermuda and Coastal Bermuda. Difference between the two is that the Coastal can tolerate cooler temperature better, since Bermuda is considered a warm season grass.
    12-27-2012, 07:50 AM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Im smart now!
There is Bermuda and Coastal Bermuda. Difference between the two is that the Coastal can tolerate cooler temperature better, since Bermuda is considered a warm season grass.
OH! Okay that makes sense LOL. Dang, who knew hay could be so confusing. *gives deserthorsewoman smart hat for the day*
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    12-27-2012, 09:57 AM
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    01-04-2013, 10:20 AM
If you're happy with his current weight, then I wouldn't bother with the alf pellets.

Also, I feed alf pellets dry. I don't add water to them.

How old is your horse and how much does he weigh?

The amout of enrich and the hay you are feeding should be sufficient unless there is something specific that your area is low in.

A lot of alfalfa really isnt good for young growing horses b/c the calcium ratios are off and can cause issues.

I would stick with what you're feeding if you're happy with his weight.
    01-04-2013, 10:41 AM
Green Broke
He's 8 months and a month ago he weighed somewhere around 440 pounds. He's getting 3 pounds of Enrich 32 a day and on average 18 pounds of hay a day. I was looking to feed him alfalfa pellets for added calcium. He's currently on dexamethasone for a head injury and dex depletes calcium levels. I want to ensure he's getting all that he needs to grow, in spite of his steroids. He's currently on a pound of it.

I also soak his feed because he choked twice in one week. He eats and eats and has a tendency to not chew/swallow well enough. With soaking his feed he's never had a problem with choking and it's a great way to give him his steroids as a dressing. He's a special case, that boy, and I really just want to make sure he's getting all he needs in the safest way possible. The bag states that they should get 1 pound of pellets per 100 pounds. Although I don't think I'll be feeding him that much. I was looking into trying out FeedXL to see how I can balance out his diet while he's on steroids.
    01-04-2013, 10:51 AM
Green Broke
I love Feedxl. I just switched over to alfalfa hay since it's cheaper per pound for me. Although now I'm feeding 4x as much so not really saving money.....

By the way I don't think this thread is complete without pictures of the baby.

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